The SMART Schools Challenge is a friendly competition to help Montana's K-12 public schools save money and resources. 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 are rewarded. Four champion schools are selected in each of the three sub-challenges. These winners become certified Montana SMART Schools, receive a $1,000 prize, and statewide recognition from the Lieutenant Governor.