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: 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
CriteriaThe title must have been published in the United States in the 2012 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 904012013 Submission DeadlineThe submission deadline was February 28, 2013.
2013 Green Prize Presentation DateThe Green Prize awards will be presented in September.
Questions should be directed to Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library: email@example.com or (310) 458-8922.