Photo of Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
The glass facade of the environmentally friendly Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies (AJLC). Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

122 Elm St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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This solar-powered building has earned national acclaim as a showcase for green building technologies and operating systems. Photovoltaic panels on the center’s roof and parking pavilion capture renewable energy from the sun and south-facing windows allow for passive solar heating. Indoors, a specially engineered wetland called the Living Machine purifies non-potable wastewater for reuse in toilets and the landscape.

Flows of energy and cycling of materials are monitored and displayed by a sophisticated system (150+ sensors) that gives real-time feedback, teaching about sustainability in the built environment.

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