Another significant outcome for Harriet was her successful application to the 2018 UoM Green Fund Project for the building of a unique play environment which she described as an ‘Eco Tunnel’. This application was successfully awarded $6,500. Harriet received recognition internally and externally of the University, winning the Engagement Innovation Award at UoM’s 2019 Green Impact Awards and the national Green Impact Australasia Awards in 2020. Harriet was also recognised as an inaugural Green Impact Ambassador in 2019 for her ongoing contribution over three years and was shortlisted for the UoM Staff Champion Award. She led 92 Actions (742 points) for the Eco Heroes Team in 2019. Since 2018, Harriet has presented on sustainability at three conferences; UoM University Services Professional Staff Conference ‘Our World Our Future’ 2018, Australian Early Childhood Education Conference 2018 and Cultures of Thinking Conference 2019 where she showcased her work in the area of Education for Sustainable Development. She has successfully published on this work in the ‘International Journal of Research in Environmental Education’. She also delivered professional development to members of the Environmental Education in Early Childhood organisation in 2020 on ways to engage children in sustainability in Early Childhood Settings.
In 2019, while on maternity leave, she also travelled to Brisbane to attend the Climate Reality Training Corps, led by Al Gore, to become skilled in the area of Climate Change. There, Harriet spent time connecting with like-minded professionals, receiving information on the latest data, trends, issues and solutions relating to Climate Change. Following the training she developed a presentation for the ELC teachers and children, provided each year and embedded into staff inductions (password: climateELC), that contained information from the training and continues to discuss her current achievements and challenges with her Climate Reality peers. Her current focus is to embed the Sustainable Development Goals into the curriculum while harnessing children’s imaginations and innovative ideas connected to the natural world and sustainability. Harriet’s profile as a sustainability leader and Green Impact Ambassador continues to grow as she engages in a wide range of professional and scholarly activity. She is a highly productive individual and a fine ambassador for sustainable development at the ELC and the University more broadly, including engagement with Environmental Education in Early Childhood Organisation (presentations, professional development), University of Melbourne Students and Scholarly Services (encouraging other services to engage in sustainability) and Land for Wildlife (registering her family farm). Currently, Harriet is a Student Ambassador for the University of Melbourne Global Leaders in Sustainability Program (Wattle Fellowship), where she volunteers her time to provide UoM students with ideas, knowledge and support around creating projects that will benefit society. She has also been working closely with team members from UoM Campus Management around the potential for Solar Panel Installation at the ELC in 2021/2022. This project includes raising awareness amongst staff members of the University’s commitment to energy: “The University of Melbourne is continuing to transform energy usage and reduce its carbon footprint through energy projects on and off campus”. Energy data was obtained from University Utilities, Heritage information was obtained from Heritage Victoria and UoM Campus Management has been contacted. Future work will also include a change over from Gas to electricity to reduce all emissions on the ELC site.