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  • The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

    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 2015 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

    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. 


    Youth Winners 

    Our Green Earth Series 
    by Anne Flounders, Published by Red Chair Press 
    Branching Out: How Trees Are Part of Our World
    y Joan Marie Galat, Published by Owlkids Books 
    The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea
    y 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  


    Adult Winners

    The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
    y Dan Barber, Published by The Penguin Press 
    War of the Whales: A True Story
    y Joshua Horwitz, Published by Simon & Schuster 
    This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
    y Naomi Klein, Published by Simon & Schuster 
    The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
    y Elizabeth Kolbert, Published by Henry Holt and Company 


    Pioneer Award Winner 

    E.O. Wilson

    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 practices

    Titles 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 use

    Green Prize Committee
    Books are judged by a panel of librarians, teachers, and local authorities on sustainability issues.

    Submission Guidelines
    Publishers, 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 Bender
    Santa Monica Public Library
    601 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    2015 Submission Deadline
    The submission deadline is March 1, 2016. 

    2015 Green Prize Presentation Date
    The Green Prize award winners will be announced in fall 2016.

    Questions should be directed to Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library: or (310) 458-8922.

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