Innovative eco-center teaches Calif. kids about going green
The EcoCenter provides the background for many of the programs offered by LEJ. The "EcoMachine" wastewater treatment uses a series of wetland cells and ultraviolet sterilization lamps to treat wastewater and recycle treated water for landscape irrigation. The green living roof cuts down on heating and cooling requirements, provides stormwater retention for onsite reuse, and encourages wildlife habitat. Solar panels throughout the building are used to provide all of the center's electricity. And native landscaping surrounding the EcoCenter promotes water conservation, eliminates the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and helps the kids learn about native plant propagation.