The Leon County School district was the first school in the country to be given the Veolia Award. The school district won The Veolia Environmental Stewardship award for their recycling project.
The awards are given to those organizations that show a willingness to take the required steps to push for a greener environment.
Leon County schools won the award for starting a project where they replaced more than 120 outdated lamps in the schools. The project is saving the tax payers $425,000 dollars a year.
Superintendent Jackie Pons said, "You start adding 425 thousand dollars. That's not just for one year. That's a reoccurring savings every year. So we're real real excited about this."
Pons was thrilled to accept the award for Leon County. He said they are educating the children on recycling, as well as academics.