Smart Schools

Saving Money and Resources Today

The SMART Schools Challenge is a friendly competition to help Montana's K-12 public schools Save Money and Resources Today. Schools across Montana compete to see who can save the most money and resources by conserving energy, recycling and implementing green practices that benefit student health.

The SMART Schools Challenge is divided into three sub-challenges -- Energy Challenge, Recycling Challenge, and Green Schools Challenge. By enrolling in one, two, or all three of the sub-challenges, schools will receive a scholarship for building operator certification training--a $2,000 value, free technical assistance from the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, a SMART Schools mentor from the Montana Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and have the opportunity to receive resource conservation presentations. Most importantly, schools that enroll in the SMART Schools Challenge join a network of likeminded Montana schools and can learn from their peers’ resource conservation experiences.

At the Challenge’s conclusion, four champion schools are selected in each of the three sub-challenges. These twelve champion schools will receive a $1,000 prize and statewide recognition from the Lieutenant Governor. Schools have until October 31, 2016 to enroll. To enroll or learn more about the individual sub-challenges, click here.

The SMART Schools Challenge is a collaborative effort between the Lieutenant Governor, Montana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, and additional partners from across Montana. Visit the Partners and Friends page to view a complete list of participating organizations.