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Governor Bullock, Lt. Governor Cooney Recognize Montana Schools for Leadership on Energy Efficiency

Thirteen public schools awarded as winners of the SMART Schools Challenge

Friday, May 3, 2019/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney today recognized 13 Montana public schools as winners of the 2018-2019 SMART (Saving Money And Resources Today) Schools Challenge. Now in its 5th year, the challenge engages schools in improving energy efficiency, promoting healthy and environmentally sound practices, and reducing waste.

“Montana’s future leaders understand that they can lead the way in charting a brighter future not just in their schools, but in the world around them,” said Governor Bullock. “It is because of these students that we will preserve and pass on the quality of life we love to future Montanans.”

“I always enjoy seeing students and teachers design projects that encourage energy efficiency, conservation, waste reduction, and health promotion in our schools,” said Lt. Governor Cooney. “This is good for our energy future, as well as for Montana taxpayers.”

This year, schools across Montana diverted nearly 82,000 pounds of waste from landfills and saved $193,495 in energy costs, equivalent to 1,166 metric tons of CO2, which translates to 247 cars not being driven for one year and 19,275 seedling trees grown for 10 years. School projects included building or expanding greenhouses and outdoor classrooms, monitoring air quality in school yards, implementing a bike share program, and tackling cafeteria food waste by using worms.

Each school will receive a $1,000 award to support their ongoing efforts.

The winning SMART Schools are:

SMART Energy Challenge (promotes energy efficiency):

Sentinel High School, Missoula

Bitterroot Elementary School, Billings

Miles Ave Elementary School, Billings

Plevna School #55, Plevna

SMART Green Challenge (promotes more environmentally friendly practices):

Frenchtown Elementary School, Frenchtown

Helena Capital, Helena

Sleeping Giant Middle School, Livingston

Red Lodge High School, Red Lodge

SMART Recycling Challenge (implements or enhances recycling programs):

Polson Middle School, Polson

Park High School, Livingston

Polson High School, Polson

Drummond High School, Drummond

SMART Challenge Champion (overall winner):

Hot Springs High School, Hot Springs

Beginning next week, Lt. Governor Cooney will tour school projects and award the SMART Schools Challenge winners:

  • Bitterroot Elementary School, Tuesday, May 7 at 11:15am
  • Miles Ave Elementary School, Tuesday, May 7 at 1:30pm
  • Drummond High School, Thursday, May 9 at 9:15am
  • Frenchtown Elementary School, Thursday, May 9 at 11:00am
  • Hot Springs High School, Thursday, May 9 at 3:00pm
  • Polson High School, Monday, May 13 at 11:00am
  • Polson Middle School, Monday, May 13 at 1:15pm
  • Plevna School District, Tuesday, May 14 at 9:45am
  • Red Lodge High School. Tuesday, May 14 at 1:30pm
  • Helena Capital, Thursday, May 16 at 1:15pm
  • Park High School, Wednesday, May 29 at 1pm
  • Sleeping Giant Middle School, Wednesday, May 29 at 2pm
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