SMART Schools


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 waste, and implementing green practices that benefit student health. At the Challenge’s conclusion, the top twelve performing schools will be rewarded. Four champion schools are selected in each of the three sub-challenges. These winners will become a certified Montana SMART School, receive a $1,000 prize, and statewide recognition from the Lieutenant Governor. Schools have until October 31, 2019 to enroll.  


Are you interested in saving on your school’s energy expenses? Wondering if solar energy could be an economic option for your school? The Montana Energy Office at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is offering free, preliminary solar photovoltaic (PV) feasibility studies for up to fifteen public schools in Montana. The “desktop” feasibility study will analyze whether there is a suitable location to install solar panels at your school, how large the solar array could potentially be, how much it would potentially cost, how much energy it would generate on an annual basis, potential utility bill savings, and financing options. If you're interested in participating in this study, click here for the application.

Register for the SMART Schools Challenge today! Registration forms for the 2019-2020 SMART Schools Challenge are due no later than October 31, 2019.

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Questions? Contact Robyn Boyle at 406-444-1842 or e-mail

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