The Santa Monica Public Library awarded the winners of the 2007 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature at a ceremony Saturday, September 29th, in the Main Library’s North Courtyard, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.

The library created the Green Prize to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability.

According to the City of Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan, sustainability is defined as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social ñ without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

The 2007 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award Winners for works published in 2006 are:

ï Adult Nonfiction: An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, by Al Gore, published by Rodale Books;

ï Adult Reference: Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century, edited by Alex Steffen, published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.;

ï Adult Honorable Mention: Greenopia: The Urban Dweller’s Guide to Green Living, Los Angeles, edited by Ferris Kawar and Terrye Bretzke, published by The Green Media Group;

ï Youth Nonfiction: Birds of Prey Rescue: Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife, by Pamela Hickman, published by Firefly Books;

ï Youth Fiction: Home, and Other Big, Fat Lies, by Jill Wolfson, published by Henry Holt and Co.;

ï Youth Picture Book: Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?: The Dangers of Global Warming, by Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Paul Meisel, published by HarperCollins; and

ï Youth Honorable Mention: All the Way to the Ocean, by Joel Harper, illustrated by Marq Spusta, published by Freedom Three Publishing.

Author Rachel Carson, best known for her 1962 book Silent Spring, was selected as the Green Prize Pioneer Award winner. The Pioneer Award honors a writer that “has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues.”

Information about the Santa Monica Public Library’s Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, (310) 458-8922, or www.smpl .org/greenprize.htm/.

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