The Library established the Green Prize to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books foradults and young people that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability. The City of Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan defines sustainability as “meeting current needs - environmental, economic, and social - without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.” The Green Prize is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.
Past winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in AmericaBy Liz CarlislePublished by Penguin Random House
Encyclical on Climate Change & Inequality: On Care for Our Common HomeBy Pope FrancisPublished by Melville House
Waste Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money by Wasting Less FoodBy Dana GundersPublished by Chronicle Books
While Glaciers Slept: Being Human in a Time of Climate ChangeBy M JacksonPublished by Green Writers Press
A River Runs Again: India’s Natural World in Crisis, from the Barren Cliffs of Rajasthan to the Farmlands of KarnatakaBy Meera SubramanianPublished by PublicAffairs
Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under GlassBy Mary Kay CarsonPhotographs by Tom UhlmanPublished by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Fire Birds: Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned ForestsBy Sneed B. Collard IIIPublished by Bucking Horse Books
Luna & Me: The True Story of a Girl Who Lived in a Tree to Save a ForestBy Jenny Sue Kostecki-ShawPublished by Henry Holt and Company
Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of TreesBy Franck Prévot Illustrated by Aurélia Fronty Published by Charlesbridge
Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall By Anita SilveyPublished by National Geographic Children’s Books
Pioneer AwardVandana Shiva
2015 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature
Our Green Earth Series by Anne Flounders, Published by Red Chair Press Branching Out: How Trees Are Part of Our World by Joan Marie Galat, Published by Owlkids Books The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea by Laura Kutner & Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Aileen Darragh, Published by Tilbury House Publishers Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home by Michelle Mulder, Published by Orca Book Publishers National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure by Barton Seaver, Published by National Geographic Children’s Books
The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber, Published by The Penguin Press War of the Whales: A True Story by Joshua Horwitz, Published by Simon & Schuster This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein, Published by Simon & Schuster The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, Published by Henry Holt and Company
Pioneer Award Winner
2017 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Submissions
The title must have been published in the United States in the 2015 calendar year. The titles should reflect basic sustainability criteria:-Future and long-term oriented-Awareness of ecological and resource limits-Regional as well as global in scope-Cognizant that everything is interconnected-Concerned with creating diverse and balanced communities-Inclusive of social equality and well-being-Supportive of public involvement in community decisions-Promotes environmental, economic or social equity ideals-Published using sustainable practicesTitles are also judged on:-Effective presentation of material, including exceptional integration of text, illustration, and design-Distinctive literary quality-Originality of scholarship, including uniqueness of format or approach to the topic -Youth titles should be appropriate for children in grades K-12 and have potential for classroom useGreen Prize CommitteeBooks are judged by a panel of librarians, teachers, and local authorities on sustainability issues.Submission GuidelinesPublishers, authors, and the public are welcome to suggest candidates for the Prize, and may submit more than one title. Publishers and authors should send two copies of the book and a brief cover letter that includes contact information, and indicates how you learned about the Green Prize.Send submissions to:Nancy BenderSanta Monica Public Library601 Santa Monica Blvd.Santa Monica, CA 904012017 Submission DeadlineThe submission deadline is March 1, 2017.
2017 Green Prize Presentation DateThe Green Prize award winners will be announced in fall 2017.
Questions should be directed to Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 458-8922.