John Todd Living Machines

Living machines
Living Machine is a trademark and brand name for a patented form of ecological wastewater treatment designed to mimic the cleansing functions of wetlands.
John Todd (biologist)

Dr. John Todd “Water and Life”
Omega Center for Sustainable Living

A pioneer in the field of Ecological Design and inventor of the Ecomachine, Dr. Todd challenges us to transform our way of thinking about water.
Regeneration John Todd

n 2008 Dr. John Todd won the first International Buckminster Fuller Challenge. His entry titled Design for a Carbon Neutral World: The Challenge of Appalachia was informed by a lifetime commitment to the development of ecological design. He has been a major visionary in the field for more than a quarter century.

Todd created the “living machine” — an advanced, ecologically engineered, wastewater treatment system that mirrors the process of decomposition that occurs in the natural world. Living Machines use plants, animals and naturally occurring bacteria to degrade nutrients, separate out heavy metals and break down toxic compounds. Diverse communities of bacteria, algae, microorganisms, numerous species of plants and trees, snails, fish and other living creatures interact in the system to create an attractive environment and cleanse the water.
Dr. John Todd developed the Eco-Machine, which restores polluted water through a natural process. The design has been implemented by the JTED company in multiple areas including China and the U.S.
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt screening of the Eco-Machine. This will be at the Museum in NYC from May-Oct. then on the road. Designed by Dr. John Todd this machine lives at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY.


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