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Brings New Energy to Vashon-Maury Island

Vashon Island, WA, April 28, 2006. The nonprofit incorporation of LifeSense Institute on VMI was announced today by founders, Robert Bornn and Laura Worth.  The new company’s mission is to “facilitate scientific and social innovations that achieve human-friendly and sustainable ecosystems.”  LifeSense Institute has launched two projects toward that goal: Vashon Energy Project (with its Project Solar Harvest) and BuildingCircles community development.  Robert explained, “This is a crucial time to begin an entirely new approach to practical solar heating and nature-integrated housing.” 

Project Solar Harvest will demonstrate an innovation in solar energy use that has shown success in several northern latitude countries.  Bornn explained, “Simply put, we will collect the heat from this summer’s sun and store it in the ground for use next winter.”  He continued, “If this solar technology is as useful as we think it will be, we would like to see Vashon play a leading role in introducing it in the Pacific Northwest.”  A three-stage pilot is planned, first with an educational and data collecting model, then with increasingly larger feasibility prototypes.  The culmination of the pilot project will be a “neighborhood grid” for residential or commercial heating.  The neighborhood grid can also be used for solar-heated greenhouses, allowing year-round local growing.  A potentially cost-saving modification invented by Bornn will also be tested.

The BuildingCircles Project will facilitate the emergence of adult co-housing communities that are affordable, ultra-green, and nature-integrated.  Worth explained, “A good number of people I’ve talked with on Vashon like the idea of developing intentional adult communities for support as they get older.  They’re just not doing anything about it yet.”  Worth continued, “Our role is to facilitate people coming together to define goals and act on them cooperatively. A few neighbors may just wish to create small mutual support systems for things like cooperative grocery shopping.”  Bornn explained further, “Some people may want to collaborate with each other on more ambitious structural improvements like access ramps or raised beds for gardening.  Ultimately, the company will facilitate very comprehensive communities for independent living that are ultra-energy efficient, low-maintenance, affordable, and integrated into nature in a way that preserves our island’s rural character.  It just takes motivated people and community support.”

LifeSense Institute is available for consultation.  It is also building an advisory board, fundraising, and developing collaborative relationships with other island groups and individuals.  Contact them at www.buildingcircles.org, and send CVs and resumes to robert@buildingcircles.org or laura@buildingcircles.org.

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Contact Information
Robert Bornn and Laura Worth
LifeSense Institute
P.O. Box 2443
Vashon Island, WA 98070
(206) 463-4284


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LifeSense Institute is a Washington State nonprofit corporation.
LifeSense Insitute is registered for solicitations under the Washington State Charitable Solicitations Act, RCW 19.09.
LifeSense Institute is not currently a tax-exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3).

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