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  • The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

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    The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature has been established by the Santa Monica Public Library to complement the strong commitment to sustainability established by the City of Santa Monica.  

    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 

  • The 2014 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

    The title must have been published in the United States in the 2013 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

    2014 Submission Deadline
    The submission deadline is March 1, 2014. 

    2014 Green Prize Presentation Date
    The Green Prize award winners will be announced in fall 2014.

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

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