Inspiring Works From Rural Farms, Forests, & Charming Villages on the Salish Sea

Innovation Lab Resources

Island Innovations Lab

Inventors and visionaries looking at our ecological, climate, economic, health and social challenges are focused on creating solutions to our local and global sustainability and regenerative economy needs. The Makers Guild counts these forward-thinking, creative efforts a critically important facet of the Makers Community. 



The Island Innovations Lab convenes conversations to share the challenges, efforts and findings of our forwarward thinking Makers.



Thank you to OPALCO, Earthrise, Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce, Orcas Food Coop, and The Orcasonian as founding sponsors.

Renewable Energy, Innovation Incubation, Clean Transportation, GIS Bioregion Data Mapping, Marine Mammal Protection and other Island collaboration projects

Renewable Energy and Clean Transportation reports by Jay Kimball, Earthrise

Orcas Island EV Transportation Network, by Bruce Benton with Port of Orcas

Image 1: Current. Image 2: Proposed and seeking WA State funding

Salish Sea Atlas bioregion GIS data mapping project by Dr. Aquila Flower, Western Washington University and Salish Sea Institute Fellow

Remote Off Grid Hawaiian Fishing Villages Renewable Energy Projects by Marcy Montgomery for One Island Sustainable Living and Heritage Ranch

Renewable Energy Projects funded by the USDA


  • Solar energy for electricity
  • Solar powered refrigeration, first in village
  • Solar cooking
  • Solar hydroponic food gardens
  • Solar powered air-to-water where no fresh water, first in Hawaii
  • Water and power for communtiy buildings
  • Water, power, garden, refrigeration, cooking for 40 homes
  • Additional 110 homes in region also served

Marine Mammal Monitoring using low impact sonar technologies; Paul King with SMRU Consulting, Scotland, Friday Harbor and Eastsound.


Undersea montioring with EMEC European Marine Energy Center in Orkney Islands, Scotland

Clean and Prosperous Washington by Sarah Severn, San Juan Island

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San Juan County Food System Housing Study and Pilot Project

Click for study introduction and link to WSU Extension for full report

Earth Day Orcas 2023 Thank Yous 

OPALCO, Earthrise, SMRU, Clean and Prosperous WA, Rainshadow Solar, WWU and Salish Sea Institute, Earth Ball, Borman Consulting Farm GIS, Transition San Juan, Port of Orcas, One Island Sustainable Living, Island Rides, Odd Fellows Hall, NABC Regional Food System Grant and San Juan County Food System Team.

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