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Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana Schools Leading the Way to Improve Energy Efficiency and Save Taxpayer Dollars

Friday, April 20, 2018/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today recognized 13 Montana public schools as the winners of the 2017-2018 SMART (Saving Money And Resources Today) Schools Challenge.

“We’re honored to recognize the students who are encouraging energy efficiency, conservation, and waste reduction in their schools,” said Governor Bullock. “By doing so, they are setting an example for us as state leaders in working to make Montana an even greater place.”

“Students and schools are paving the way for a brighter energy future in Montana,” said Lt. Governor Cooney. “This is not only the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do and it saves taxpayers money, safeguards our quality of life, and ensures we are responsible with our resources.”

Governor Bullock and Lt. Governor Cooney will be visiting winning SMART Schools next week to congratulate students, teachers, and staff. This marks the 4th year of the SMART Schools Challenge.

Through these challenges, schools found ways to improve energy efficiency, promote healthy and environmentally sound practices, and reduce waste by implementing or expanding programs in their schools.

This year, nearly 45 schools across Montana diverted 69,881 pounds of waste from landfills and saved $103,503 in energy costs, equivalent to 700 metric tons of CO2, which translates to 146 cars not being driven for one year and 16,947 seedling trees grown for 10 years.

Additionally, five greenhouse projects were started or continued in public schools. Students also assisted with wildlife tracking, monitored air quality in school yards, implemented a bike share program, and even used an innovative method for tackling cafeteria food waste by feeding leftovers to a pig. 

2017-2018 SMART Schools Challenge winners

SMART Energy Challenge (promotes energy efficiency):

Billings Senior High School, Billings

  • Lt. Governor Cooney to visit April 26, 2018 at 2:00PM

Red Lodge High School, Red Lodge

  • Lt. Governor Cooney to visit April 26, 2018 at 9:00AM

Newman Elementary School, Billings

  • Lt. Governor Cooney to visit April 26, 2018 at 1:30PM

Sweet Grass County High School, Big Timber

 

SMART Green Challenge (promotes more environmentally friendly practices):

Capital High School, Helena

  • Lt. Governor Cooney to visit April 23, 2018 at 1:45PM

Park High School, Livingston

  • Governor Bullock to visit April 23, 2018 at 2:00PM

Central Elementary School, Helena

  • Governor Bullock to visit April 27, 2018 at 9:00AM

Sleeping Giant Middle School, Livingston

  • Governor Bullock to visit April 23, 2018 at 2:00PM

 

SMART Recycling Challenge (implements or enhances recycling programs):

Havre High School, Havre

  • Lt. Governor Cooney visit TBD

Brorson School, Sidney

Cohagen School, Cohagen

  • Governor Bullock to visit April 24, 2018 at 2:00PM

Roundup Elementary School, Roundup

  • Lt. Governor Cooney to visit April 25, 2018 at 9:00AM

 

SMART Challenge Champion (overall winner):

Arlee School District, Arlee

  • Lt. Governor Cooney to visit April 24, 2018 at 2:30PM
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