The Santa Monica Public Library presents the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, sponsored by the City of Santa Monica Environmental Programs Division and the city’s public library system.

Four Green Prizes will be awarded in September in the following categories: adult fiction, adult nonfiction, youth fiction and youth nonfiction.

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

Sustainability is defined as “meeting current needs — environmental, economic and social — without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.”

This definition is from the City of Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan, which is updated as more facts are available.

Books published in the United States during the 2006 calendar year are eligible for the Green Prize. Publishers are encouraged to submit titles for consideration.

Criteria include effective presentation of material, distinctive literary quality and originality of scholarship.

Youth titles considered should have potential for classroom use and be appropriate for students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

Applicants can submit titles for consideration by following instructions on the Santa Monica Public Library Web site at

Books must be submitted by Monday, April 30th.

From the initial application process, a selection committee consisting of librarian and local authorities on sustainable issues will choose a group of finalists.

The winning titles, which demonstrate outstanding achievement in their respective categories, will be selected from this group and announced on Sunday, July 1st.

A presentation ceremony will take place in Santa Monica in September.

Information, visit the library Web site at or call (310) 458-8600.