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LifeSense Institute is a nonprofit corporation, organized in 2006, on Vashon-Maury Island in Washington.  We are dedicated to improving quality of life on Vashon-Maury Island and beyond with imaginative, creative solutions to some of the complex problems facing people today.  We educate the public about scientific, technological, and social innovations to achieve affordable and sustainable human and environmental ecosystems.
Robert Bornn, President
Laura Worth, Vice President


Vashon Ivy Program

Currently our Vashon Ivy Program is working on 
organizing neighborhoods in a self-help program
that enourages the survival of healthy trees by 
managing invasive ivy infestation.

In connection with our ivy management 
program on VMI, we have initiated an 
innovative technology project with Erin Durrett
at Point Robinson Farm designed to demonstrate ivy disposal using hot composting methods 
designed for low-cost thermal recovery to 
heat water and interiors. 

Stay tuned for photos and reports about our neighborhood-based ivy management 
program and composting-for-heat projects.

Vashon Energy Project:
demonstrates innovative solar heating
technologies that could be affordable and
suitable for Vashon-Maury Island and the 
Pacific Northwest. Project Solar Harvest
was our initial installation to demonstrate
an annual solar heat storage system, 
courtesy of BuildingCircles Organization
and envisioned by Robert Bornn and 
Jon D. McWhirter, Ph.D., P.E.

Quartermaster Harbor
                                                             Sunrise over Dockton
                                    Maury Island, Washington
                                                Photo by R. Bornn


Solar Energy Charts
(courtesy of BuildingCircles Organization and 
Jon D. McWhirter, Ph.D., P.E.)

Chart 1: 
Average Annual Available Solar Energy by Month

Chart 2: 
Thermal Storage and Use for Annual Solar Heat Storage System

August, 2006
Photos and Report from Earthfair
Vashon Island, Washington
(courtesy of BuildingCircles Organization,
Robert Bornn, and Jon D. McWhirter, Ph.D., P.E.).


LifeSense Institute will provide environmental
education and sponsor environmentally sound projects that will improve the quality of life on Vashon.  Such projects will focus on affordable and sustainable contemporary building technologies that use "universal design."  These technologies will support the building of authentically green, nature-integrated homes for independent living on Vashon-Maury Island and beyond. 


Your Support




Sunrise over Dockton
Maury Island, Washington
Photo by R. Bornn

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




A vision of our future begins
with our preservation 
of the earth.

The Small Print:
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).

This site is for educational purposes only.  It is not a substitute for professional consultation.
No claim is made or implied that the ideas, inventions, illustrations, and documents on this site are applicable to any
housing, building, or land use project.  Nor does the site represent in any way consulting services of any kind.
Nothing on this site is an offer to sell, transfer, license, or use proprietary technology.

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Copyright (c) 2006-2009 by Robert Bornn and Laura Worth.  All rights reserved.
LifeSense Institute, BuildingCircles, Vashon Energy Project, Project Solar Harvest, Solar Harvester,
Imagine * Facilitate * Share, and Alternative energy for life are trademarks of Robert Bornn and Laura Worth.

Photos by Robert Bornn.
Web site by Laura Worth Web Design.