Bachelor of Science (Honours), Biological Sciences, Minor in Environmental Sciences • University of Windsor
April 2022 - Congratulations to Nya Lazarus-Munnick, Natalie Biringer, Kaitlyn D'Lima, Vicky Boyd, Dorottya Kiss and Jananee Savuntharanathan for First Place in the Rain It In competition! The team's winning submission/proposal was the implementation of permeable pavement and bioretention cells at Hermitage Park (Ajax, ON), an area adjacent to a flood-vulnerable cluster.
Nya completed her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree at the University of Windsor in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Environmental Sciences. Some of her favorite courses in the program were Ecology, Evolution, Conservation Biology, and Climate Change, with the ladder two sparking her passion and interest for wanting to work towards change that positively impacts the planet and its people. Specifically, she developed a keen interest for climate change mitigation through regenerative agriculture and sustainable food systems. By working in this field, she would hope to reshape the way land and resources are used to grow our food, in a way that mitigates the industry’s environmental impact and encourages food justice and sovereignty.
During her time at the University of Windsor, Nya was an active member of the school’s Pawsitively Plant-Based club to promote plant-based eating among students and educate them on the environmental impact of our diets. Part of her work was also influencing the campus to make plant-based food options more accessible to students. Nya was also a member of the Jull Environment Club where she created ways to promote environmental and climate change awareness on campus. Educating students and the community on environmental facts and issues was a large part of her role, which was achieved through planning and organizing events such as documentary night and community clean ups. After graduating, Nya worked for Seva, a culturally inclusive foodbank in her community, as the Senior Well-Being Coordinator. She was able to gain valuable experience managing, supervising and training incoming volunteers on how to efficiently complete important tasks. She also started a project that worked towards reducing food waste within the foodbank and among clients. Currently, Nya is working for a start-up cleantech venture, Lorcan Technologies, as their Environmental Research and Socials Intern. Her main role is researching content and staying up to date on relevant environmental news for social media posts, which she creates visuals for using Canva to post on the company’s Instagram page.
In her free time, Nya enjoys practicing meditation, watching documentaries, going on long walks and cooking. For the past few months, she’s been making her own shampoo and conditioner bars that are specially formulated for curly hair, as a more sustainable alternative to the traditional bottles. When the weather permits, she likes spending time at her trailer, swimming and fishing.
Nya's MScSM Internship: The UN Global Compact Network Canada
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