Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
John Petersen

Administrative Assistant:
Bev Burgess

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Catherine Hoyle

Catherine Hoyle

A.J. Lewis Center Facilities Manager 
and Community Outreach Coordinator

Contact Information


A.J. Lewis Center 208
(440) 775-5307

Catherine Hoyle

Catherine Hoyle


Catherine Hoyle is responsible for the management and oversight of the Adam Joseph Lewis Center (AJLC).  This includes the “Living Machine,” the AJLC's in-house wastewater treatment plant, the grounds and the building’s mechanical systems.  In addition, she supervises students; manages the center’s outreach and education efforts; teaches; collaborates on sustainability initiatives and does research on building data.


To prepare for this diverse job, Catherine ran her own organic farm, researched nutrient poor Alpine lakes in Switzerland at EAWAG (Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology), designed programs for the Nation Park Service, worked at a wastewater treatment plant and has taught classes from preschool to college level.  Catherine loves putting all these diverse pieces together in one job focusing on learning and sustainability.


After growing up outside of Portland, Oregon, Catherine studied Physics and Theatre in Maine at Colby College, and Engineering at Dartmouth College. She has a Masters in Water and Environmental Resources Management from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft the Netherlands.