Lindbergh Foundation interviews “The Ruth Bader Ginsburg of noise”

Photo credit: Photo credit: Susan Santoro

by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The Lindbergh Foundation is run by aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh’s grandson, Erik, a prominent and outspoken activist for quieter, more efficient electric aircraft. It was my privilege several years ago to introduce Mr. Lindbergh to The Quiet Coalition co-founder, Dr. Arline Bronzaft, when we invited both to speak at a public outreach workshop on community noise.

If you know anything about Dr. Bronzaft, you know that she is a forthright, courageous, no-nonsense spokesperson who speaks truth to power and is passionately concerned about the effects of noise on people. So we’re thrilled to hear, in this interview, Mr. Lindbergh describe her as “the Ruth Bader Ginsburg of noise.”

Well-deserved and absolutely appropriate. Congratulations, Arline, for a well-deserved compliment! And thank you, Erik Lindbergh, for recognizing the contributions of this remarkable woman!

David Sykes chairs several professional organizations in acoustical science: QCI Healthcare Acoustics Project, ANSI Committee S12-WG44, the Rothschild Foundation Task Force on Acoustics, and the FGI Acoustics Committee. He is lead author of “Sound & Vibration 2.0” (Springer, 2012), a contributor to the NAE’s “Technology for a Quieter America” and the GSA’s “Sound Matters,” and co-founded the Laboratory for Advanced Research in Acoustics at Rensselaer Polytech. A graduate of UC-Berkeley with advanced degrees from Cornell, he is a frequent organizer of professional conferences in the U.S., Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Comments (2)

  1. Phyllis Rosenblatt

    Thank you for your dedicated work, Dr. Bronzaft.
    I wish the need for a Quiet Coalition wasn’t necessary for the street spaces of New York. There seems to be a serious disconnect between licensing of vending vehicles and protection for the hearing and thinking of persons in the vicinity of such vehicles. Enforceable regulations for sound to be as quiet as current automobile requirements would be most welcome. Julia Barnett Rice would be most effective today. Also measures as simple as a regularly scheduled Traffic Officer stationed at every weekend’s start (and eve’s of holiday weekends) at an excrutiatingly noisy corner is still a battle not won after 8 years. Quiet as motor car engines are now, Ice cream trucks, without jingles, have generators so very loud they are heard over a half a block away in all directions for over 7 hours a day, every day with no alternative than to walk a different street. Car horns are now made with such irritating sound that the top register of higher pitched tones is filed off in one blast of the horn sometimes permanently. No matter how competitive this town is, couldn’t it be quieter?

  2. Arline Bronzaft

    Thank you Ms. Rosenblatt for your kind remarks on my anti-noise work. You can go to for more information on noise. Check out publications page and contact me through growNYC so that we can discuss NYC noise problems further(see bottom of page for my contact).


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