South side of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies JOHN E. PETERSEN PHOTO

PHOTO A. South side of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.

Adam Joseph Lewis Center: A Paler Shade of Green

Oberlin College’s Adam Joseph Lewis Center was conceived to be a zero-energy building. But from 2000-2011, there was no year it produced as much energy as it consumed.

The Adam Joseph Lewis Center (AJLC) for Environmental Studies on the campus of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, is one of the nation’s most widely publicized green buildings. Showcasing a variety of energy-efficient strategies and technologies,1 the 13,600-sq-ft building is the winner of numerous architec

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