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KORE (Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise) is a Kootenay-based non-profit, grassroots organization dedicated to makers and creators in the outdoor manufacturing sector.  “IT’S THE CRAFT GEAR FROM HERE.”
One of KORE's initiatives is  " ReHub " to help keep outdoor rec gear out of the landfill.  The focus is on textiles at this time and KORE is looking at the possibilities  

 -  that is: RE: pair; RE: sell; RE: use (swaps); RE: duce (rental); RE: education; RE: purpose; RE: cycle.

Kevin Pennock, KORE Executive Director, spoke with the EK Climate Hub about KORE's initiatives.


View the one-pager Climate Action Policy Suggestions & Backgrounder (below) the EKCH sent to the BCUP. This document outlines steps for future ready buildings and energy, along with community wildfire resilience.

Effective Messaging for Climate Action: Extending the Outreach

Tune into the lesson portion of the introductory session by Mary Stockdale, outlining a set of principles for climate communication. Mary is an Adjunct Professor in Culture and Global Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus (UBCO), and has made engaging communities in climate action her central concern. Download the slide deck and exercises to learn more!

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Are you looking for climate-friendly exterior home renovation ideas? Check out the following two letters from the EKCH about ways to reduce head absorption of your home and improve water permeability and reduce runoff from impermeable exterior surfaces. These are simple but effective techniques to help create a climate-friendly home!

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Dr. Ilona Hale spoke with EK Climate Hub about the climate impacts of the healthcare system and what we can all do to help.  Dr Hale is a family physician at the Kimberley Medical Clinic and a researcher and assistant clinical professor with the UBC dept of family practice. Her research interests include anything related to prevention and health promotion particularly very early prevention of chronic disease during infancy and more recently she has been working on projects related to reducing the environmental impact of healthcare.


Watch Maylyn Tarves presenting to BC United Caucus. Maylyn is a 16 year old student at Selkirk Secondary School in Kimberley.

Photo (from left to right): Dan Ashton, Elenore Sturko, Coralee Oakes, Maylyn Tarves, Renee Merrifield, Tom Shypitka, Shirley Bond

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Overall lifecycle impacts of EVs from their manufacture (including the mining of source materials),operation, and ultimate disposal.

Briefing and references (3 pages).


Sound Fiscal Management with Electric Refuse Trucks

Report prepared by the East Kootenay Climate Hub

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Community Energy Association video and resources:

1) Building a Legacy: A Net Zero Home in Cranbrook BC (Video)

2) The Zero Carbon Step Code: An Introduction (Presentation Slides)

A conversation with our guest Sophie Larsen, The Living Lab COTR Project Team Primary Investigator, on reducing COTR campus’ carbon footprint via composting and growing food that is then consumed onsite.

Tim Chapman speaks with us about the about Youth Climate Corps’ (YCC) projects in the East & West Kootenay.  "... Our crews work on climate change at the local level, directly in our communities and the ecosystems that surround them."

Mike Sobocinski of Strawberry Field Greens speaks with EK Climate Hub about his year-round, vertical hydroponic farm using state-of-the-art technology in the East Kootenay (Wasa area) to produce greens and more.

*New* May 1, 2023 Zero Carbon Step Code

The BC Government has established a new code for municipalities to require lower carbon emissions in new buildings. There will be 4 Steps between now and 2030 to achieve low emissions.  Stay tuned for more information as it is released by the provincial government


Reduce Your Footprint With This Guide to Home Retrofits

Home retrofits and finding available grants can deter homeowners from taking action. See the following information from the Eask Kootenay Climate Hub and Wildsight.


Do heat pumps work in our cold climate?

Yes! Listen to Bruce Murdoch on the CBC at minute 37 for more info.

The Heat Pump Torture Test - December 2022

Food Recovery Depot presentation by Shannon Duncan, Coordinator with Healthy Kimberley Food Recovery Depot

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Climate Advisory Committee -
A Presentation by Mary Stockdale of the Vernon Climate Advisory Committee

Why Culture Matters! Broadening the Climate Conversation.
Thomas Teuwen will speak with us about why culture matters for a resilient future; the barriers to culture shift, and working with these characteristics common to us all. Thomas reflects on the barriers that are getting in the way and approaches to working with (rather than against). 

(Please note that the first 30 minutes of the webinar is a Deep Canvassing update on the Cranbrook project)

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Join leading communications experts to peel back the layers of Canadian public opinion on climate and energy and gain new insights you can use right away.

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Read Cranbrook Townsman article on Bruce's home below

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Considering Purchasing a Heat Pump?

Follow up questions and further resources below

Access Bruce Murdoch's case study presentation on building a net zero home below.

Case Study: Net Zero Home

Access CleanBC's presentation on the benefits of a heat pump below.

How to achieve our (EKCH) place-based vision and values

Check out our action items on housing, walkability, stewardship, autonomy, and community 'onboarding', along with our aspirations for municipal candidates.

Forest Path

Past Webinars

Check out the Climate Hub network at and our commitment as a member of the network here.

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