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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 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

    The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be
    By J.B. MacKinnon, Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

    Letters to a Young Scientist
    By Edward O. Wilson, Published by Liveright

    Breaking New Ground: A Personal History
    By Lester R. Brown, Published by W.W. Norton & Company

    Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist
    By Bill McKibben, Published by Times Books

    Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature
    By Mark R. Tercek and Jonathan S. Adams, Published by Basic Books

    Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants
    By Jane Goodall, Published by Grand Central Publishing

    Pioneer Award
    John Muir

    Beginner Chapter Book
    Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green
    By Christine Pakkala, Illustrated by Paul Hoppe, Published by Boyds Mills Press

    School Age Fiction
    This Journal Belongs to Ratchet
    By Nancy J. Cavanaugh, Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

    School Age Nonfiction
    Parrots 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 Forever
    By H. Joseph Hopkins, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry, Published by Beach Lane Books

    Picture Book Biography for Older Readers
    Farmer 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  

  • The 2015 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

    The 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 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, 2015. 

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

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

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