TWO LARGE MURALS adorn the auditorium walls at Kentwood Elementary School in Westchester. One depicts students and musical art images, while the other contains images of theater arts.

The Santa Monica Public Library presented the third annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards in 11 categories last month.

This year’s Green Prize Pioneer Award, created to honor a writer that has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues, went to Jane Goodall, primatologist, anthropologist, and founder of The Jane Goodall Institute.

The Green Prize was established to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce quality books that make significant contributions to, support the ideas of, and broaden public awareness of sustainability, a city library spokesperson said. Sustainability is defined as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

The winners of the 2009 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards are:

Adult Nonfiction

Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen, published by Bloomsbury USA;

Adult Reference

Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life by Ed Begley, Jr., published by Clarkson Potter;

Adult Local Impact

Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles by Chip Jacobs and William J. Kelly, published by The Overlook Press;

Adult Honorable Mention

The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems by Van Jones, published by HarperOne;

Youth Fiction

Grow: A Novel in Verse by Juanita Havill, published by Peachtree Publishers;

Youth Nonfiction

True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin, published by National Geographic Society;

Youth Picture Book

The Trouble with Dragons by Debi Gliori, published by Walker & Company;

Youth Reference

Earth Matters: An Encyclopedia of Ecology by Dorling Kindersley Limited (foreword by David de Rothschild), published by DK Publishing;

Youth Fiction Honorable Mention

Exodus by Julie Bertagna, published by Walker & Company;

Youth Nonfiction Honorable Mention

10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh, published by Candlewick Press;

Pioneer Award

Jane Goodall.

Information about the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, (310) 458-8600 or www.smpl.org/greenprize.htm/.

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