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Santa Monica Library to Celebrate Sustainable Literature Prize

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September 16, 2015 -- A father and daughter who are leading figures in the fields of education and sustainability will hold a conversation to celebrate the Santa Monica Public Library’s ninth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature.

Educator and author Paul Cummins and emerging environmental leader Anna Cummins will “discuss how we can envision ourselves as leaders for social justice and a sustainable planet during their conversation Thursday, September 24, at 7 p.m.

Paul Cummins – who is the lead founder of Crossroads School and the founder/CEO of the Coalition for Engaged Education (formerly New Visions Foundation) -- is the author of four books on education and two volumes of poetry.

His daughter, Anna Cummins, is the co-founder and executive director of The 5 Gyres Institute, whose goal is “to empower citizens to become leaders in combatting the global health crisis of plastic pollution,” library officials said.

The Green Prize for Sustainable Literature – co-sponsored by the City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment – “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,” officials said.

E.O. Wilson, a biologist, conservationist and leading advocate for the environment, is the winner of 2015 Green Prize Pioneer Award, which honors a writer who “has paved the way for discourse on sustainable issues,” library officials said.

Wilson is known as "the father of sociobiology” and "the father of biodiversity.” His more than two dozen books include the 2011 Green Prize-winner “Anthill.”

This year’s Youth Winners are “Our Green Earth Series” by Anne Flounders (Red Chair Press), “Branching Out: How Trees Are Part of Our World,” by Joan Marie Galat (Owlkids Books), “The Soda Bottle School: A True Story of Recycling, Teamwork,” and “One Crazy Idea” by Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Aileen Darragh (Tilbury House Publishers), “Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home,” by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers) and “National Geographic Kids Cookbook: A Year-Round Fun Food Adventure” by Barton Seaver (National Geographic Children’s Books).

The Adult Winners are “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food,” by Dan Barber (The Penguin Press), “War of the Whales: A True Story,” by Joshua Horwitz (Simon & Schuster), “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster) and “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” by Elizabeth Kolbert (Henry Holt and Company).

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.”  For more information on the Green Prize, visit

“Paul & Anna Cummins: A Father and Daughter in Conversation” will take place in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

This event is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. 

For more information, call (310) 458-8600 or visit The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10.  Ride your bike.  Bicycle parking racks are available at the Library.

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