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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: 20172016201520142013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007    


  • The 2017 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Winners

    GP-Blood and Earth Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World by Kevin Bales, published by Speigel & Grau
     GP-FarmerFisherman Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland by Miriam Horn, published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.          
     GP-DangerousYear Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward by David W. Orr, published by Yale University Press
     GP-WhoFeedsWorld Who Really Feeds the World? The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology by Vandana Shiva, published by North Atlantic Books
     GP-HourOfLand The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, published by Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus and Giroux
     GP-Shrinking Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance by Donald Worster, published by Oxford University Press
     GP-Elephant Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux, published by Candlewick Press
     GP-Follow Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau & Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So, published by Chronicle Books
     GP-FiftyThings 50 Things You Should Know About the Environment by Jen Green, published by QEB Publishing, Inc.
     GP-Milly What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling by Elise Moser, illustrated by Scot Ritchie, published by Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press
     GP-PrairieDogs Prairie Dog Song: The Key to Saving North America’s Grasslands by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore, published by Lee & Low Books Inc.
     GP-WaterPrincess The Water Princess by Susan Verde & Georgie Badiel, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

    2018 Green Prize Submission Criteria

    The title must have been published in the United States in the 2017 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:
    Jen Ullrich
    Santa Monica Public Library
    601 Santa Monica Blvd.
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

    2018 Submission Deadline
    The submission deadline is March 1, 2018. 

    Questions should be directed to Jen Ullrich, Public Services Librarian, Santa Monica Public Library: or (310) 458-8316.

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