Santa Monica College’s Student Services & Administration Building won the NEXT LA award from the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a national professional association of architects.

The award, which honors Los Angeles architects, was given in the unbuilt category.

The futuristic building designed by Steinberg Architects is energy-efficient, including solar panels and skylights. Construction began in January 2009 and is expected to be completed in February 2014.

“Utilizing a bold vernacular reminiscent of modern transportation hubs, the final design creates a place of welcome for new students and symbolizes open access to education,” Steinberg said.

— Daily Press


Literature that’s sustainable

Santa Monica Public Library hosted its fourth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards at the Main Branch on Nov. 6.

The prize was created to encourage and honor authors, illustrators and publishers of books that raise awareness about sustainability.

Below is a list of 2010 award winners by category:

• Education

“Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability,” by Michael K Stone/Center for Ecoliteracy, published by Watershed Media.

• Energy

“Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells — Our Ride to the Renewable Future,” by Amanda Little, published by Harper.

• History

“The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America,” by Douglas G. Brinkley, published by Harper Perennial.

• Reference

“Going to Green: A Standards-Based Environmental Education Curriculum for Schools, Colleges, and Communities,” by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell, published by Chelsea Green Publishing.

• Urban Planning

“Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability,” by David Owen, published by Riverhead Hardcover.

• Youth Fiction

“Operation Redwood,” by S. Terrell French, published by Amulet Books.

• Youth Picture Book

“Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green,” by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Anne Kennedy, published by Albert Whitman & Company.

• Early Childhood Nonfiction

“Love Your World: How to Take Care of the Plants, the Animals, and the Planet,” by Dawn Sirett, published by DK Publishing.

• School Age Nonfiction

“Heroes of the Environment: True Stories of the People Who are Helping to Protect Our Planet,” by Harriet Rohmer, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin, published by Chronicle Books.

• Young Adult Nonfiction

“We are the Weather Makers: The History of Climate Change,” by Tim Flannery, adapted by Sally M. Walker, published by Candlewick Press.

• Pioneer Award Winner

David W. Orr.

— DP

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