About Regenesis

Regenesis is a Canadian university and college based environmental and community organization. We believe in empowering students as initiators of change in addressing today’s social and environmental concerns, through advocacy and service in local chapters. We create and manage student-involved initiatives and social enterprises that transform our campuses and communities into vibrant, sustainable, and equitable places. We are a catalyst for social innovation and transformation built on a foundation of ‘just’ sustainability, which is defined as: “the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.”
Regenesis was started in April 2007 by a group of young people from the Toronto area. Our desire was to create an organization where we could provide the tools for students to make a difference on campus and in wider community. We wanted to empower students as being fully capable of creating and sustaining projects and initiatives related to environmental sustainability, community-building and social justice. We decided on a structure that allowed anyone to pursue the creation of initiatives or programs, with a focus on their long-term sustainability. Since our creation, over 90,000 volunteer hours have been completed in the services of dozens of community initiatives created by our chapters.
Chapters – Regenesis is based around our local university and college chapters. We believe that lasting environmental change starts with young people. Working on campuses and in local communities, in collaboration with others, we design, plan, facilitate and operate initiatives and programs.

Grassroots Participation – We affirm that mobilization cannot occur without the organization of a diversity of individuals, each contributing their unique skills, perspective and experience to the collective aims.  To this end, our organization is structured for collective decision-making from the ground up through our chapters.

Partnerships and Collaboration – We believe that the most effective way to achieve equitable and sustainable change is by working together. Working with our partners from universities, colleges, government and community organizations, we can create greater and lasting change.

Social Enterprise – Ensuring the long-term viability of our programs and services is critical. As such, we take an entrepreneurial approach to our activities in order to ensure that the income, funding, or supports are in place for our programs and initiatives to succeed and thrive long-term.


Note: Initiatives are marked as: Operational checkmarkand in Research and Development magnifying-glass


Equitable access to healthy, local and organic food is crucial to achieving sustainability. Regenesis supports diverse and equitable food access and sustainable food production through our programs and initiatives.  

Initiatives in this category:

  • Glendon Community Garden magnifying-glass
  • YorkU Community Food Hub and Community Kitchen magnifying-glass
  • YorkU Fair Trade Boardgames Cafe magnifying-glass
  • YorkU Organic Grocery Co-op Store magnifying-glass
  • YUM! YorkU Farmers’ Market checkmark


Cycling and walking are sustainable forms of transportation that also promote health, fitness and an increased quality of life.  Regenesis actively engages in programming and initiatives that support cycling and walking.  

Initiatives in this category:

  • Cycle York checkmark
  • Ryerson Community Bike Centre magnifying-glass
  • YorkU Bike Share magnifying-glass
  • YorkU Community Bike Centre checkmark

Social Justice

Regenesis believes that sustainability and social justice are evidently bound together.  We achieve social justice through initiatives and programs that address the issues underlying poverty and inequity.  Many of our social justice initiatives and programs promote the use of alternative economics in achieving our mission, including the gift and sharing economies, reusing, repairing and upcycling.  

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The Arts

Regenesis supports the arts through the lens of sustainability, social justice and equity.  Our involvement with local arts focuses on educational and awareness activities related to our mission.  

Initiatives in this category:

  • Community Arts Gallery magnifying-glass

Renewal and Conservation

Regenesis believes that all citizens have a right to the city, having access to vibrant, safe and sustainable urban spaces.  Regenesis is involved in ecological conservation and restoration work, primarily in urban environs, along with revitalizing and transforming underutilized urban places into sustainable spaces.  

Initiatives in this category:

  • Glendon Forest Revitalization checkmark


Regenesis regularly engages in sustainability education events and programming.  We believe that education and praxis is essential for creating active and engaged citizens who recognize the importance of living in a sustainable manner and the collective impact we have on our biosphere.  Our works extends to university students, local elementary and high school students, and members of the wider community.  

Initiatives in this category:

  • Co-ops and Placementscheckmark
  • Environmental Leadership Program checkmark
  • Environmental Workshopscheckmark




Research at Regenesis

Regenesis and its chapters commonly engage in research related to the communities we serve.  Our research ranges from the local and regional, to research that is national or global in scope.  Our research covers a broad scope of activities, including information gathering, surveying, data collection, and writing reports.

Regional Research Projects


Local Research Projects


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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. If you are interested and want to find out more, please email hr@regenes.is.

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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:

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If you have any questions feel free to contact us using the adjacent form. If you would like to volunteer, please include the position that you would like to apply for.

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