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City of Bowie
Sustainability Planner

 
Ashleigh Diaz

adiaz@cityofbowie.org
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GreenBowie News September 2021
Welcome to the Unofficial
Kick-off of Fall!

 


 
 

"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go."
- Unknown

 


GreenBowie Spotlight


Events are back!
*Please check the City website for official guidance on masks, etc. for each event*

 
Weed Warrior Workdays will take place on September 11 and September 25. The workdays are limited to 30 participants so register asap! Email adiaz@cityofbowie.org  
As a reminder, workdays are to remove English Ivy from trees on public property (typically Whitemarsh Park but occasionally at Belair Meadows as well). Under 18 must have adult accompaniment, under 15 cannot use large hand tools, and under 14 highly discouraged. SSL hours are available. 
 
International Fest- The Bowie Green Team will have two booths at International fest on October 2. One will be on the path of the monarch butterfly and one will be on English Ivy. Come by and join the fun!

Kenhill Center Native Garden Demo Planting- join members of the Natural Resources subgroup of the Green Team as they plant a native garden at Kenhill Center. They will explain the plants, best practices, why this is beneficial and even be giving away some plants! This will take place on October 16 from 10am - noon.
 
Did you know that there is microplastic in your plastic water bottles? Not only is plastic bad for the environment from production all the way to disposal, but it also releases microplastics into the actual water it is enveloping, and that is then consumed. On average there is about 325 microplastic particles per liter of water. Find out more about the study here.
And don't forget to tune in on September 15 at 3 pm for a webinar on how to properly reduce, reuse, and recycle. 


S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
 
  • Recap all of our episodes of the Sustainability Webinar Series by visiting the City of Bowie YouTube channel and choosing the Webinar Playlist.
  • The next and final webinar will be on the 3 R's- reduce, reuse & recycle and how to properly do it. I will give tips, facts, answers questions, etc. Register here!
  • Did you know the City has pledged to aim for 50% reductions of emissions by 2030? That's a hefty goal that will take work from all of us to meet. View the Climate  Action Plan and see what actions you can take to make every day Earth Day.
 
  • We have officially launched our City of Bowie Adopt-A-Road program. This program was made possible through a Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant. Please visit the webpage to learn more if you are interested in adopting a road.
 
  • We have also launched a new program aimed at neighborhood engagement and discussion. Host an event for your street, HOA, or neighborhood and let the City help you pay for it and have a successful event! Learn more about the Neighborhood Mini Grant program by visiting the webpage

Food Waste & Composting

 
  • Food Waste Program: 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 at  www.cityofbowie.org/foodwaste
  • 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 at https://www.cityofbowie.org/1162/20-Backyard-Compost-Bins 
Excess food waste breaking down in landfills creates a lot of gases. Methane to be exact. And methane is one of the greenhouse gases that get caught in our atmosphere, trap sunlight and heat, and contribute to climate change. Because Landfills  are a large emitter of methane, we encourage composting to the full extent possible for you/your family. 

 

 Green Bowie Biz


There are now 10 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.
 

Recipe of the Month

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

 
 
Quick Fall Gnocchi
 
You will need:
  • 2 bags of Trader Joes Cauliflower Gnocchi- if you do not want to purchase or use these, you can replace with 1/2 box of pasta of choice i.e. penne or bow tie
  • One pint of cherry tomatoes or a similar amount if picking fresh from your garden. Halve the tomatoes
  • One zucchini, cut into quarter sized pieces
  • Optional: vegan ground beef replacement- 1/2 cup- keep minimal so it does not soak up all of the sauce
  • 1/2 onion of choice, diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, diced
  • Salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes- 1/2 tsp of each and then more as needed
     

Directions:

  • Start by cooking the gnocchi or pasta according to the package- if you have an air fryer you can air fry them first to attain crispness. Set aside
  • In a large pan add a dollop of plant-based butter and a glug of olive oil (butter adds a depth of flavor)
  • Add onion and garlic to the oil, letting simmer for about 5 minutes on a low-ish heat to not burn the garlic
  • If adding any meat replacement, add now and stir
  • Cut the zucchini in half, length-wise, then into 1/4 inch pieces. Throw into the pan and stir everything. Let cook for about 5 more minutes
  • Add in all of your cherry tomatoes and seasoning. Let simmer, with a lid on now, for 5 minutes. Add a splash of water OR unsweetened plant milk OR more oil if you feel you need it more liquid-y. Any one will work depending on your preference.
  • Start breaking open some of the tomatoes to create a sauce-like liquid. Once a liquid is achieved add back in your gnocchi or pasta.
  • Add more olive oil or butter if needed, adjust seasonings and let simmer so that everything gets covered in this thing tomato sauce
  • Top with parsley or cilantro and more black pepper

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?


The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
September 20, 2021 and will be virtual. Please check the City calendar for the link.




Subgroup Highlight: MAPS

The Multi-Modal Access and Public Spaces subgroup, MAPS, focuses on access to trails, transportation, and access to public spaces. Recently, they gave comments on the City of Bowie's Transportation Priorities, pointing out portions of missing trails, the need for pedestrian bridges, etc. They have worked to help pass the Complete Streets Policy, and are very vocal at Council meetings advocating for enhanced, improved, and connected trail systems for all. Contact the subgroup chair, Joshua Wooten, if interested! 

 
City of Bowie Green Team
Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)
City of Bowie Calendar

Other Incentives

 
  • Learn more about Maryland's energy supply, usage, policies, etc. by visiting this on-line manual on 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.

                                                                                                                                                              
 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 Excalibur Rd
Bowie, Maryland 20716
301-262-6200


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