A student shining star for sustainability has been recognised for her efforts in the 2016 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Sienna Harris was one of three finalists in the Young Achievers Category, among 16 nominations and initiatives and 150 overall.
The awards recognise the work of Queenslanders achieving excellence for leadership in sustainability, innovation and eco-efficiency.
Sienna is currently a final year Griffith Bachelor of Science (Ecology and Conservation Science) student.
Nominated by Griffith University’s Sciences Group for recognition of many years of great work in this field, Sienna’s commitment to the environment is shown through her endless volunteer work, dedication to her studies in ecology, and lifelong passion for environmental sustainability.
Staff at Griffith’s EcoCentre say she is truly inspirational and were proud to recommend Sienna as an example of our students’ commitment to sustainability, and our ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable world.
“Sienna’s leadership in the environmental sustainability movement is unique and multi-faceted. Sienna’s efforts as an enthusiastic young leader involved in advocacy, education, ecological regeneration, citizen science programs and wildlife care show she has a bright future ahead.
“Griffith University is proud to have her as a student, preparing her to reach the highest heights as she works to transform the world.”
Sienna’s extra-curricular resume is impressive, having been involved with CoastCare, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Junior Park Rangers Program – Port Campbell National Park, Heytesbury Landcare Environmental Weed Removal Day, Junior Landcare Victorian Youth Environment/Kids Teaching Kids Conferences (2007 and 2009), Western Coastal and Marine Forum – Deakin University, Victorian Coastal Forum 2009, RSPCA Animal Foster Carer and Wildlife Rescuer, SeaGrass Watch and National Tree Planting Day among others.
The nominations showed the state’s enthusiasm for innovation, efficiency and sustainability is still running strong, with the quality and diversity of entrants highlighting that the state’s future matters to everyone, from big companies to switched on schools.
The winners and finalists were announced at an awards presentation dinner hosted by the Premier at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.