Eco Machine – Living without Wasting 


Presented by Skip Backus of the Omega Center


 Tuesday, October 13, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Presentation starts promptly at 6:00
Room 125
Business Building*
Albany, NY
Light refreshments will be provided.


Omega Institute’s Eco-machine: Design, Operation, and Opportunities:

Learn about the process of designing the Omega Center, a wastewater treatment facility and education (yoga) center, the challenges in operating a system that is (rightly so) affected by the building and center occupants, and the opportunities found in connecting with the users and the community at large.   

Learning Objectives:

After this session, attendees will be able to:

  • List the steps in the Eco-machine process
  • Recognize opportunities for eco-machines as part of community culture
  • Name 2-3 challenges to eco-machine design and operation
  • Describe the relationship between food and waste

Register via the link to the left.  You will need to log-in with your email address and create a profile if you have not already done so.  You must use the email address associated with your Chapter membership account in order to receive the member’s rate for registration.  Advance registration fees: $15 for Chapter members and $20 for the general public. $10 for students. SUNY Albany students and staff are free (PLEASE REGISTER FOR ROOM PLANNING). At the door: $25, cash or check.


Parking is available in the Visitor Lot in front of the building. Fee is $3, cash or credit card. The Business School is on the circle off of Washington Avenue Extension, on the side  closer to Fuller Road.

About the Presenter:

Robert “Skip” Backus is chief executive officer of the Omega Institute and founder of the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. Backus’ pioneering work in Living Building Challenge construction and Eco Machine operation has played an important role in the continuing development of both technologies. Over the past three decades, Backus laid the foundation for Omega’s environmental and conservation initiatives, including campus recycling and composting, sustainable purchasing and support of local agriculture, water conservation, and sourcing of campus electricity from wind and solar technology.  

Thank you to UAlbany for providing a beautiful room and excellent technical support for our Capital District Sustainable Speaker Series events in 2014.