Sienna “Grayson” Lippert

Tacoma Science and Math Institute, Tacoma, WA

My name is Sienna “Grayson” Lippert and I am a senior in high school at the Tacoma Science and Math Institute. My favorite class is my running start Economics class, but I am also partial to my English class. In my free time, I love to play and plan Dungeons and Dragons and to cuddle with my hedgehog. I also enjoy cycling and I hope to become healthy enough to do the Seattle to Portland bike ride again. I am new to the environmentalism scene, but in the short month of Project Green Challenge, I have learned so much. I hope to continue my learning far outside of school as I pursue new passions and try to adapt my lifestyle to a greener version! Project Green Challenge has given me purpose in life and I will fight to keep that going.
What five words best describe your PGC experience?

Ambition. Environmental. Overwhelming. Dedication. Fun.

What was most memorable from your PGC experience?

For me, the most memorable aspect of Project Green Challenge is how it’s ever changing, like a kaleidoscope. It kept my mind flexible and on its metaphorical toes as I raced against the clock to get each day’s learning and challenges done. I’ve been learning time management every single day along with new topics for each challenge set.

Think about yourself pre-PGC, just 30 days ago, and then think about who you are today. How have you changed? What have you learned about yourself?

30 days ago, I would have never dreamed of making a change in the world around me. 30 days ago, I believed that my lifestyle was good enough for me and the world around me. But now, I realize that perfection is impossible, but progress is always possible. I have been taking a more active role in my own life, making conscious decisions about what I’m buying, wearing and supporting. I’ve learned that I’ve let myself “go” in a way. By reigning in my self-control, I have become healthier, more environmentally conscious, and have gotten a grip on my PTSD and anxiety. PGC has truly changed my life.

Picture yourself as a changemaker and tell us how you will affect that change.

As a changemaker, I want to use my newfound confidence to help implement plastic reduction at my local zoo and better sex ed at my high school. I’m seeking out ways to reduce waste at my zoo by targeting one source of waste and researching alternatives. At my high school, I will communicate with administrators and teachers to implement anti-rape and pro-women lessons in sex ed. I will also use this knowledge to start revolutionizing my own lifestyle and live by example. To start, I will put my foot down and commit to living a minimal lifestyle. I’ll also take a look at what I’m putting on my skin and in my body, and encourage others to do the same.