Sustainability Book Award 2023


See the Project Syndicate 2023 Sustainability Book Award shortlist here.

The principle of sustainability – of our economies, our societies, our democracies, and of Earth itself – has increasingly become the lens through which people view the myriad and interrelated challenges of our age. Whether the goal is economic progress, social cohesion, environmental conservation, or the preservation of democracy, the principle has come to define global debate.

Starting in 2023, the Project Syndicate SustainabilityBook Award, presented in partnership with La Banque Postale, will recognize one new book each year that offers uniquely valuable contributions to the public’s understanding of issues of global concern. Eligible books may be published anywhere in the world, as long as they appeared within the preceding calendar year. The award aims to advance the public good of informed discourse by elevating works that deepen, revise, or otherwise improve our understanding of the issues, trends, and forces that will define the twenty-first century.

The winning author will receive a cash prize of €15,000; finalists will receive a cash prize of €1,000. If the winning title has more than one author, the prize money will be equally divided among the co-authors. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in Paris, France, on Wednesday, July 5, 2023.



Shortlist Announcement
Shortlisted Books
  1. No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies by Julian Aguon (Astra House, 2022).

  2. The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War: Charting the Rise and Fall of U.S. Military Emissions by Neta C. Crawford (MIT Press, 2022).

  3. Polar Shift: The Arctic Sustained by Joseph DiMento (Anthem Press, 2022).

  4. Minding the Climate: How Neuroscience Can Help Solve Our Environmental Crisis by Ann-Christine Duhaime (Harvard University Press, 2022).

  5. The Progress Illusion: Reclaiming Our Future from the Fairytale of Economics by Jon D. Erickson (Island Press, 2022).

  6. The Sustainable Business Handbook: A Guide to Becoming More Innovative, Resilient, and Successful by David Grayson, Chris Coulter, and Mark Lee (KoganPage, 2022).

  7. Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration by Laura J. Martin (Harvard University Press, 2022).

  8. Horizon Work: At the Edges of Knowledge in an Age of Runaway Climate Change by Adriana Petryna (Princeton University Press, 2022).

  9. How the World Really Works by Vaclav Smil (Viking, 2022).

  10. Growth for Good: Reshaping Capitalism to Save Humanity from Climate Catastrophe by Alessio Terzi (Harvard University Press, 2022).
  1. 1. The competition is open to authors from all countries. Eligible books must be published for the first time in 2022, in the English language or in English translation.
  2. 2. Self-published books are not eligible for consideration. 
  3. 3. All entries must be submitted by publishers holding the English-language rights to the title via the dedicated book award website – – hosted by Project Syndicate.
  4. 4. Titles by jurors, employees, or contractors of Project Syndicate or La Banque Postale, as well as any of their close family members, will not be considered. 
Entry Rules
  1. 1. By submitting an entry for the Sustainability Book Award competition, publishers agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that failure to comply with them may result in disqualification. It is the responsibility of entrants to ensure that their participation in the competition is in compliance with local laws and regulations, and Project Syndicate is not liable if an entrant has breached local laws and/or regulations in connection with the Sustainability Book Award competition.
  2. 2. All entries must be submitted by publishers holding the English-language rights to the title via the dedicated book award website – – hosted by Project Syndicate.
  3. 3. There is no limit on the number of titles that a publisher may submit.
  4. 4. The deadline for entry is Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

    For further entry rules and the full terms and conditions, please click here.
January 31, 2023Submission deadline
February 15, 2023Shortlist announced
March 30, 2023Finalists announced
July 5, 2023Winner announced, with award dinner hosted by La Banque Postale

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