On May 14, Lt. Governor, Mike Cooney presented the schools of Plevna with a SMART Schools Banner, Certificate from the Governor’s office and a check for $1,000. This was the fifth year that Plevna completed the Saving Money and Resources Today (SMART) School Challenge. Across Montana, more than 50 public schools were enrolled in the 2018-2019 Challenge. Nearly 82,000 pounds of waste diverts from landfills, which is equivalent to 247 cars not being driven for a year. Montana schools saved $193,495 in energy costs, allowing 19,275 seedling trees to be grown for ten years. Several public schools either created or continued greenhouse projects this year. Schools built outdoor classrooms, bike share programs were employed, school yard air quality was monitored, and schools tackled food waste from cafeterias by using worms.
Plevna’s SMART School Project was changing their fluorescent lights to more efficient LED versions. Out of the more than 50 schools enrolled in the Challenge, Plevna was one of 13 to be selected as a winner for promoting energy efficiency.