Staying green

For the third consecutive year Sweet Grass County High School has forged the way as being one the greenest schools in Montana through a program called Save Money and Resources Today — or SMART Schools.

The SMART Energy School Challenge is a competition for energy management grants which are open to Montana public K-12 schools that wish to save energy and reduce carbon footprints and is funded through the governor’s office.

On April 27, SGHS head custodian Sam Spector and several students were honored with a $1,000 grant to put toward energy savings in the school which was presented by Lt. Governor Mike Cooney.

Before the award ceremony, Cooney and Spector walked the halls of the school and Spector showed Cooney the new LED bulbs the school purchased as well as the water bottle filling stations and many other small green efforts the school has tackled.

“All of those things sure make a difference,” Cooney said during the walk through with Spector.

The school put the previous SMART School award money toward the new lighting project, which, in addition to health beneifts, Spector estimates will save the school roughly $6,000 annually.

To read the full story, pick up the May 11 edition of the Pioneer or subscribe to our e-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.


Story and photos by Olivia Keith / Big Timber Pioneer


Sweet Grass County High School students honored for their green efforts are (left to right) Kate Walker, Braedon Stosich, Brielle Stosich, Elle Terland and John Baxter while Sam Spector and Lt. Governor Mike Cooney stand behind. Not pictured: Tanna Campbell, Marissa Morgan and Madilyn Emter.



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