We believe that sustainability and social justice are evidently bound together. We achieve social justice through initiatives 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.

The Borrowing Centre

Why buy when you can borrow? So many of the products that individuals consume on a yearly basis are items which they rarely use and would be better off borrowing. Items such as tools, sporting equipment, books, DVDs, small kitchen appliances, luggage, camping equipment, toys, boardgames and some electronics are all items that are not used on a regular basis. These items are often too expensive to buy, but too impractical not to have access to. The Borrowing Centre provides a great alternative, thus helping to prevent unnecessary consumption and reduce landfill waste.

Hosted at: York University, (Keele Campus)

In development at: U of T St George, U of T Mississauga and U of T Scarborough

Sponsored by: Impact!, Alterna Savings, YUFA, and Toronto Tool Library

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The Free Store

Free Store is a space where clothing and common household items are offered for free. The aim is for individuals to reduce landfill waste by giving unused items away to those who need them. Free Store educates the public on re-directing items that would otherwise be considered waste for traditional and creative uses, giving them a second life.

Hosted at: York University, (Keele Campus)

In development at: U of T St George, U of T Mississauga and U of T Scarborough

Community Arts Gallery

Regenesis York, in partnership with the Creative Arts Students Association at York University, is working to establish a gallery and student 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 and performances. 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 for meetings and events.

In development at: York University & University of Toronto

yorku affordable Housing committee

The Affordable Housing Committee is a pan-university committee involving on-campus unions and community groups working together to create an affordable, sustainable and community-oriented residential housing co-op at York University.

Learn More: http://housing.info.yorku.ca/

In development at: York University, (Keele Campus)