The 2014 Green Prize winners were celebrated at The Legacy of John Muir event on September 24, 2014.Mike Brune of the Sierra Club and Ruskin Hartley of Heal the Bay discussed the
impact of John Muir’s vision for modern environmentalism. Mike and Ruskin,
executive directors of their respective organizations, celebrated Muir’s legacy,
examined how the movement has evolved, and discussed who is leading the charge in
the 21st century. John Muir is the founder of the Sierra Club and recipient of the 2014 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Pioneer Award.
2014 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Winners
EcologyThe Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could BeBy J.B. MacKinnon, Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ScienceLetters to a Young ScientistBy Edward O. Wilson, Published by Liveright
MemoirBreaking New Ground: A Personal HistoryBy Lester R. Brown, Published by W.W. Norton & Company
ActivismOil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely ActivistBy Bill McKibben, Published by Times Books
BusinessNature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in NatureBy Mark R. Tercek and Jonathan S. Adams, Published by Basic Books
NatureSeeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of PlantsBy Jane Goodall, Published by Grand Central Publishing
Pioneer AwardJohn Muir
Beginner Chapter BookLast-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green By Christine Pakkala, Illustrated by Paul Hoppe, Published by Boyds Mills Press
School Age FictionThis Journal Belongs to RatchetBy Nancy J. Cavanaugh, Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
School Age NonfictionParrots Over Puerto Rico By Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, Illustrated by Susan L. Roth, Published by Lee & Low Books
Picture Book Biography for Young Readers The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City ForeverBy H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry, Published by Beach Lane Books
Picture Book Biography for Older ReadersFarmer Will Allen and the Growing Table By Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Illustrated by Eric-Shabazz Larkin, Published by Readers to Eaters
The Library wishes to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books for adults 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: 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
CriteriaThe title must have been published in the United States in the 2014 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 904012015 Submission DeadlineThe submission deadline is March 1, 2015.
2015 Green Prize Presentation DateThe Green Prize award winners will be announced in fall 2015.
Questions should be directed to Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 458-8922.