Newton Marasco Foundation Announces 2006 Green Earth Book Award Nominations

The Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF), a national voice advocating responsible stewardship of the environment, announces that the nomination period for the 2006 Green Earth Book Award is now in progress.

NMF launched the Green Earth Book Award in 2005 in partnership with Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. The award is intended to promote books that inspire children and teens to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.

This is an annual award for books that best raise awareness of the beauty of our natural world and the responsibility that people have to protect it. One of the main criteria for this award is that the books should encourage the idea of environmental stewardship and the importance of the role each person can play in nurturing, protecting, and defending the environment.

The Green Earth Book Award will be awarded to authors/illustrators in two categories: children’s and young adult. The children’s category encompasses books for young readers from infancy to 12 years of age, while the young adult category includes books for readers from ages 13 to 21.

The children’s book award is comprised of a monetary award of $1,250 to the author and $1,250 to the illustrator (or $2,500 if the author and illustrator is the same person). The young adult award is comprised of a $2,500 monetary award to the author. In addition, a $500 donation is provided to the environmental organization chosen by each winner and approved by the Newton Marasco Foundation.

All nominations are due by Saturday December 10, 2005. See nomination form. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2006.

About the Newton Marasco Foundation: Newton Marasco Foundation (NMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to work collaboratively on issues related to environmental stewardship through the areas of education and greening. They are national, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with chapters in numerous states and the US Virgin Islands. They aspire to ignite the energy and passion that is embodied by youth-to teach the ethos of environmental stewardship and to make children more aware of the fragile nature of their local ecosystems and the role everyone can play in nurturing, protecting, and defending it. They educate and inform companies on sustainable green business practices and promote energy-efficient practices in housing, from design to home living, especially for lower income families.

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