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My Workspace: CoMotion Labs

CoMotion Labs, based at the University of Washington, is dedicated to the high-tech startup community. Members can be from anywhere in the state. The lab’s mission is to expand the economic, societal impact of the community and help innovators make the biggest impact with their discoveries.

Washington Startup: Appliance Depot

Sustainability is a buzzword these days, but when Appliance Depot started in 2005 it was one of the early pioneers of the movement. The goal of the Bellingham-based nonprofit is to convert trash to treasure by refurbishing old appliances or, when that’s not possible, to strip their reusable parts and put them back to work.

Hoisting the Sails in the San Juans

On the Schooner Zodiac, thirty women raised four sails daily. The main sail weighs 1,800 pounds, and hoisting it took ten minutes, longer if you were on the peak (that log on the main that had to be raised 110 feet).