Nicole Di Lecce
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Environmental Management and Political Science • University of Toronto
Nicole graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Management and Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate career, Nicole has worked on three research assignments focusing on transportation politics in the Greater Toronto Area, environmental motivations in the construction, energy and hospitality sectors in Canada and the UK, and healthcare barriers faced by immigrants and refugees in Canada. Amongst her areas of expertise, Nicole’s interests vary from environmental law in Canada, to international corporate and labour ethics, to species conservation in Southern Ontario. She continues to diversify her understanding of sustainability by pursuing additional education in species identification and conservation in Ontario, sustainability education methods and Indigenous communications.
Nicole recently completed an internship with the Policy Planning and Environmental Sustainability Department at the City of Vaughan, where she facilitated community outreach and stakeholder events to educate the community on the City’s new sustainability plan. She assisted in the revision of the plan and received first-hand experience on the processes and objectives that municipal plans must meet before council approval.
Growing up, Nicole had no interest in learning about or caring for the environment. It was not until her final year of high school that she learned about the irreversible consequences of her anti-environmental actions, which prompted her to pursue an education in environmental management. The combination of her academic background, communication with her community, and personal understanding of the environment has sparked an interest in understanding individual motivations for environmental behaviour. She hopes to further understand the cause in variance of environmental behaviours and educate her community that environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility.
Outside of academics, Nicole likes to explore trails and beaches in Ontario, try out vegan restaurants in the GTA, and spend time with her cat.