On a cold sunny day, a group of students in winter coats operate an old-fashioned cider press.
Setting out to construct something aesthetically pleasing and useful for sustainability education, Griff Radulski ’14, a student assistant in the Lewis Center for most of his time at Oberlin, built a traditional apple cider press using reclaimed lumber. Photo credit: Yvette Chen ’16

The AJLC was designed to teach — conceived as a demonstration project, testing ground, educational venue, and catalyst for the emerging field of ecological design.

Lessons embodied in its technology and design choices were intended to reinforce those taught in its classrooms. The AJLC provides fertile ground for courses in a variety of disciplines, lecture series, student research, community groups, regional schools, and universities and professionals from abroad. Opportunities for interdisciplinary scientific, social and psychological inquiry abound.