Life as a Tree

Ten years after it was opened, the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at Oberlin College continues to grow and evolve. Large windows allow in ample natural daylight, while a constructed wetland and 7,500-gallon rainwater cistern manage all stormwater on-site.

The Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies' Living Machine is a wastewater pruification system that treats the building's blackwater. Wastewater is fed into the machine, where microorganizsms and plants break down impurities. The water is then pumped to a tank for reuse in toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

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