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Ashleigh Diaz

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Green Bowie News
December 2022


“He that plants a tree loves others beside himself.”
― Thomas Fuller

 

Bowie Food Pantry Garden Recognized as a USDA "People's Garden"

 
Join us in congratulating the Bowie Food Pantry Garden in their recent recognition as a USDA "People's Garden." Their dedication to benefiting the community, incorporating sustainable practices, acting as a collaborative effort, and educating the public is what earned them this recognition.

Their mission is to provide clients of the Bowie Food Pantry with fresh produce to supplement the dry goods they provide. With the help of volunteers and donations from the Bowie Crofton Garden Club, the garden has been able to implement sustainable cultivation practices since 2014 and provide roughly $22,000 worth of food to the pantry in the last 3 years alone. For more information visit their website.

 
Visit our webpage with more information about proper recycling.

Holiday Reminders:

 
Properly Dispose of your Christmas Tree:

At the end of this holiday season, make sure you do not put your tree out with the rest of your trash. Properly dispose of your tree by leaving it unbagged, with all lights and decorations removed, to be picked up by the City on Wednesdays with any other yard waste. For more information, check out the city website as pick up dates get closer. 
 

Holiday Sustainability Tips:

Looking to have a fun & sustainable holiday this year? Check out these tips below!
 

 

PlantOneTreeOnUs (POTOU)
Food Waste Program
Electric Lawn Care Rebates
Neighborhood Mini Grants
Energy Audits
Left to right: City Manager Al Lott, Sustainability Manager Ashleigh Diaz, Assistant City Manager Dan Mears, Business Operations Manager Mati Bazurto, and Officer Foote at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Solar Farm project (PPA).

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
For a Sustainable Community
 
  • Sustainability Webinar Series and Coffee & Climate Conversations: recap all episodes by visiting the City of Bowie YouTube channel and choosing the Webinar Playlist
 
  • Did you know the City has pledged to aim for 50% reduction of emissions by 2030? That's a hefty goal that will take work from all of us to meet. View the Climate  Action Plan (CAP) today. And view the recently approved Implementation Plan, which serves as a supplement to the original CAP. 
 
  • Did you know the City of Bowie has its own Solar Farm to help off-set City emissions? How cool is that! "The farm" will greatly help reduce the emission generated from City of Bowie operations. Stay tuned for our State of the Environment report later this year to see more data on the farm.


 
  • Neighbor Mini Grants: Want to engage more with your neighbors? Help us promote community bonds by participating in our Neighborhood Mini Grant reimbursement program. Find out more here

Thank you to Marvina Taylor for being the first resident to take advantage of our program!

Food Waste & Composting

 
  • Food Waste Program- TAKING NEW PARTICIPANTS: Do you live in Belair Town II, Victoria Heights, Idlewild, Yorktown, Overbrook, Saddlebrook or Saddlebrook West neighborhoods? If yes, you are eligible for the food waste program! Learn more about this fun and FREE program here.
  • Backyard Compost Bins:  An easy and efficient way to compost in your own backyard. Bins are $20 each to City residents and are available for sale at City Hall. Learn more here!

 Green Bowie Biz


There are now 11 certified Green Bowie Businesses
 
Are you a business looking for ways to go green? Know a business that is green and should be certified?  Need assistance with furthering your goals of sustainability? You've come to the right place! You can read about all Green Bowie Businesses at www.cityofbowie.org/greenbowiebiz.
 
The Green Bowie Business program is modeled after the MD Green Registry program. Admission into the state program automatically enrolls you into the City program and helps you access resources from both. Learn about the MD Green Registry here.

Congratulations to the Bowie Lions Club for becoming the 11th Green Bowie Business! They officially joined the MD Green Registry as the first civic club in the state to enroll. The Bowie Lions have volunteered at the annual stream cleanups and the annual 5k and previously hosted the Bowie Green Expo. They sell Christmas trees every year and rain barrels for the community to purchase. They also recently adopted two roads through our Adopt-A-Road program.  Thank you Lions Club!
 
Interested in becoming a Lion, find out more here

Recipe of the Month

 
Where we give you a plant-based recipe to help your health and the environment! 


One-pot Chickpea Curry
 
You will need:
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 pinch chili flakes
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 ginger, 1 1/2 inch (3 cm) piece, chopped
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons lentils
  • 4 tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 ⅓ cups broccoli, florets
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • Optional: white rice for serving

Directions:

  1. Fry the onion and garlic in a little oil for 3 minutes.
  2. Add all of the spices, the salt, the ginger and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, the lentils and coconut cream, cover and simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes until the lentils are tender.
  4. Stir in the broccoli and cook for a further 4 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas, spinach, and lemon juice and cook a further 3 minutes until the spinach is slightly wilted.
  6. Optional: dish out over a serving of white rice
  7. Enjoy!
This recipe is adapted from Tasty's One-pot Chickpea Curry

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?


The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
January 23, 2023 at 7:00 PM and will be held virtually.
Please check the City calendar for the link.




 
City of Bowie Green Team
City of Bowie Calendar

Other Incentives

 
  • Learn more about Maryland's energy supply, usage, policies, etc. by visiting this on-line manual about Maryland's Energy.
  • Explore different choices for electricity providers through this Maryland website that allows you to filter choices based on your needs i.e. 100% renewable, wind, etc. 
 

Community Solar:

Having solar panels on your home is not the only option for obtaining residential solar! By subscribing to a Maryland based community solar farm a customer is allotted a specified percentage of the entire farm’s electricity output each month, which the customer agrees to purchase from the supplier at a price that is typically 5%-25% below the rate the utility charges. That percentage of the overall output is then converted into a dollar amount which is calculated at the current rate that the utility charges their residential customers.  That dollar amount is then reflected on the customer’s utility bill in the form of a credit. Here is a great resource to learn more about Community Solar in Maryland and more specifically by Electricity provider.


About Ampion Solar Farms (New projects nearby): Ampion is connecting Maryland residents to Community Solar projects located in D.C., Temple Hills, and Cheverly. These Community Solar Farms are located at WMATA station parking lots and will provide a shady spot for commuters to park their cars! Read about the solar farm in Anacostia here: ampion.net/anacostia-metro
                                                                                                                                                              
 Home Weatherization Upgrades:
 
Washington Gas Customers Can Now Get Up to $400 in Rebates at Your Favorite Home Improvement Retailer
Washington Gas is here to make your home more energy efficient and your equipment shopping experience more affordable.  As of April 2021, Maryland residential Washington Gas customers can receive rebates on qualifying natural gas water heaters and dryers at our approved retailers. Retail associates at these stores are trained and ready to help you find the right appliance for your home. Be sure to look out for Washington Gas signage highlighting these rebates in these stores! Customers can save up to $400 on natural gas water heaters and $75 on natural gas dryers.

Qualifying ENERGY STAR certified natural gas water heaters are ALSO eligible for a $300 federal tax credit! Visit the ENERGY STAR website for more information. Montgomery County residents can also receive a $250 Montgomery County Energy Efficiency tax credit. That means you could save up to $950!
 
Participation is easy! To qualify for a rebate:
  1. Purchase qualifying equipment in store at an approved retailer.
  2. Work with an installation service professional through an approved retailer or with an EmPOWER Contractor to have the equipment installed. 
  3. Apply for your rebate online through the Retail Application website.
  4. Receive a rebate check within 6-8 weeks of completed application.
     
Click here to get started on your path to energy savings. 

To learn more about eligible equipment and the application process, please call our Application Processing Center at 1-833-286-0860.
 
Our mailing address is:
Bowie City Hall
15901 Fred Robinson Way
Bowie, Maryland 20716
301-262-6200


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