The Library established the Green Prize 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: 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates the ninth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature with the program Paul & Anna Cummins: A Father and Daughter in Conversation on Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 pm, in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica’s own educator and author Paul Cummins and emerging environmental leader Anna Cummins discuss how we can envision ourselves as leaders for social justice and a sustainable planet. Paul Cummins is the lead founder of Crossroads School and the founder/CEO of the Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly New Visions Foundation). He is the author of four books on education and two volumes of original poetry. Anna Cummins, Paul’s daughter, is the co-founder and Executive Director of The 5 Gyres Institute, whose goal is to empower citizens to become leaders in combatting the global health crisis of plastic pollution.
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
2016 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 904012015 Submission DeadlineThe submission deadline is March 1, 2016.
2015 Green Prize Presentation DateThe Green Prize award winners will be announced in fall 2016.
Questions should be directed to Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library: firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 458-8922.