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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 was sponsored by the
    Santa Monica Public Library, the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, and Sustainable Works.

    2020 marks the final year of the Green Prize. The Green Prize Committee would like to thank the authors, illustrators, translators, publishers, and members of the public who participated during its fourteen year run.

    Past winners of the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature: 2020201920182017201620152014
    2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007    


    The 2020 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Winners


    Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
    By Beth Gardiner
    Published by University of Chicago Press


    Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as A Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer
    By Bren Smith
    Published by Knopf Publishing Group


    The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
    By Dahr Jamail
    Published by The New Press


    Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-year Battle Against DuPont
    By Robert Bilott
    Published by Atria Books


    Losing Earth: A Recent History
    By Nathaniel Rich
    Published by Picador


    We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast
    By Jonathon Safran Foer
    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux


    Pioneer Award: Van Jones


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