About Regenesis York
Regenesis York is the York University chapter of Regenesis, a Canadian student-involved university and college based environmental and community-building organization. We believe in empowering students as as initiators of change in addressing today’s social and environmental concerns, through advocacy and service in local chapters. Regenesis York creates and manages initiatives and social enterprises that provide services to the university community as well as providing quality leadership experience for students. All of the initiatives are inspired by the needs of the York University community and raise the quality of life on campus. Students involved with Regenesis York get a chance to shape the place they spend so much time in and gain relevant experiential education opportunities in the areas of operational and event management, accounting, communications, fundraising, graphic design, and much more. We are a catalyst for social innovation and transformation.
Current initiatives at the Keele Campus include a Farmers’ Market, Community Bike Centre, Free Store, Community Garden, Borrowing Centre (Item/Tool Library), as well as others that are in development and coming soon.
Current initiatives at the Glendon Campus include a Community Garden, Ecological Restoration of the Glendon Forest, as well as others that are in development and coming soon.
Regenesis is researching the implementation of a Bike Share Network on and around the Black Creek community. These bike stations will boost the number of bike riders in the area and reduce car pollution.
Regenesis opened the world’s first university-based borrowing centre (item library). The borrowing centre helps reduce consumption and waste by offering students, staff and faculty the opportunity to borrow items such as tools, small kitchen appliances and utensils, camping and sports equipment, sound equipment, costumes, moving carts and board games.
Regenesis York, in collaboration with the Creative Arts Students’ Association at York University, is working on establishing a downtown Toronto gallery and student art space focusing on human rights, social justice and environmental-themed visual and performance art. By day, the space will serve as classroom and rehearsal space; by night, it will play host to art receptions, performances film screenings and activist events. The gallery will also be made available to student clubs, college councils, faculties and departments within the York community, and to environmental, social justice and human rights groups in Toronto for meetings and events.
The Regenesis Community Bike Centre will be a student-run space teaching DIY bicycle care and repair to the York community, as well as loaning bicycles to students, faculty and alumni for a nominal fee. This initiative will be modelled on similar bike repair shops at other Ontario universities such as Bike Chain (U of T), MACycle (McMaster) and Purple Bikes (U of Western Ontario). The Bike Repair Shop will open in the summer of 2017 at the Keele campus in the new QUAD housing development.
A Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to grow, cook, share and advocate for good food. Regenesis York is working to create a community food centre and community kitchens at the Keele campuses. These community spaces will provide students in residence, as well as student clubs, with access to cooking facilities and programming, in addition to supporting the YUM! Farmers’ Market.
CycleYork is a cycling advocacy initiative running under Regenesis York that works towards advocating for cyclists’ needs and services at both the Keele and Glendon campuses. Bike2York was originally a separate club that merged with Regenesis York in 2010. We run cycling-related events that focus on education, including bike repair clinics and educational events.
The YorkU Ecovillage Housing Co-op will use the co-housing model to create an affordable, sustainable, and community-oriented residential housing co-op at York University. Regenesis has established a pan-university committee of groups interested organizations and individuals. Together, we are developing our proposal, building community support, and working with the York University Development Corporation towards future site development.
Free Stores give a second life to perfectly good items that would otherwise end up in a landfill. By repurposing these items and offering them free of charge, Free Stores seek to educate the public, increase awareness and reduce waste. You can drop off items to our collection box on the 3rd Floor of York Lanes, on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. The Free Store storefront is located at HNES 109. Keep an eye out for our large Free Store pop-ups in Vari Hall.
The Glendon Community Garden will soon open at Glendon College in midtown Toronto. Planting will begin next spring under the guidance of a seasoned garden coordinator. This permaculture garden will help provide farm-fresh, locally-grown produce to the Glendon community.
In 2011, Regenesis York was awarded $15,000 from the TD Go Green Challenge, followed by an award of $25,000 from the Great Lakes Guardian Fund in 2014. Thanks to these generous funds, Regenesis York has continued to make forest restoration at Glendon College a primary focus. We are currently collaborating with York students and Campus Services & Business Operations to implement forest management plans, provide on-going monitoring and invasive species removal. With the support of the wider community, our next step will be to raise funds to build a solar greenhouse and a raised-trail system for the Glendon Forest.
Regenesis York is currently conducting research, developing a business and operations plan, and building community support for a student-run organic grocery co-op store at the Keele Campus. This on-campus organic grocer will provide students with healthy alternatives to conventional grocery store fare, including produce and prepared meals at more affordable prices.
Since 2013, YUM! has been delivering locally-sourced and sustainable produce, prepared foods, crafts and body-care products to the heart of the York community. Created by Regenesis in collaboration with York University Food Services, YUM! also facilitates workshops and activities, engaging students in dialogue about food security and community. The market is open every Thursday from 11am to 4pm on the first floor of the TEL Building, except for holidays, reading week and exam periods. We are working towards opening a second location at Glendon College.
Research at Regenesis York
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Work With Us!
Volunteers and placements are critical to the success of our projects. We would love to have you get involved with us! Besides the tasks offered on our Volunteer Task Board, we also offer numerous volunteer and placement positions. Adjacent is a list of all our volunteer and placement positions. Please contact us with us if you are interested in getting involved or have any questions you’d like answered regarding volunteering or placements!
Business Development Associate
Human Resources Associate
Motion Graphic Designer
Social Media Associate
Human Resources Coordinator
Volunteer Task Board
We have embarked on a new approach of engaging with volunteers who are self-motivated and work independently. Below you will find a list of volunteer tasks that anyone willing may work on. Just email us with your completed work. Email all completed work to: info AT regenes.is. Tasks are categorized by skill-set or area of interest: