Kat Zimmer grew up in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Ktunaxa territory. After moving to Lekwungen territory she earned degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. She has worked on a number of human rights and environmental campaigns and currently works as a Communications Specialist for Sierra Club BC, an environmental organization. Since 2009, she has been a lead organizer of One Wave Festival, a Pacific arts and culture festival that inspires action on Pacific issues including Indigenous cultural integrity, climate change and sustainability.
Kat is passionate about permaculture, a solutions-focused design system for meeting human needs while enhancing the health of ecosystems. Her Master’s research on permaculture education was instrumental in establishing a permaculture design course at the University of Victoria. She is most interested in how the permaculture framework can be applied to social systems and collaboration, building resilient organizations devoted to making change and using digital media to communicate about sustainability. When not working, Kat can be found hiking beautiful island trails or learning through messy experience in her garden.