The queen city is now a "green city" of excellence.
That's because the Mississippi Municipal League recognized meridian for it's going green campaign under former Mayor John Robert's Smith administration.
That award was showcased during tonight's city council meeting. Meridian is the first city in the state to go green in an effort to be more energy efficient, save the city money and energy as well to create jobs.
"We gone try to clean the city up. And we gone try to have a sustainable city. So we feel like it was a part of development and planning award. And we want business and industry to come to our city because it's a clean and green city," Meridian Homeland Security Director Bunky Partridge said.
Officials say meridian is now one of nearly eight hundred city's nationwide to go green.