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City of Bowie
Sustainability Planner

 
Ashleigh Diaz

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301-809-3044

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GreenBowie News November 2021





"There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life's July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November."
- Martin Luther King Jr.


 

GreenBowie Spotlight

 
Plant One Tree On Us: If you’re in the incorporated limits of Bowie and have not requested a free native tree planted for you by a City contractor, you have one more chance! About 10 trees are still available for a fall planting. Visit www.cityofbowie.org/PlantOneTree or contact Tiffany Wright (301-809-3043 or twright@cityofbowie.org) for information.

Green Bowie Veterans Day 5k- join us for this family-friendly fun-run & walk to celebrate veterans! Go to Cityofbowie.org/5k to register today. As an fyi, this event is FREE and the first 500 registered get a free t-shirt. Come out and support veterans in a sustainable way!

 

Green Bowie Veterans Day 5k Promo Video- 2021
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 this here.

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
 
  • Sustainability Webinar Series: 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% 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.
 
  • Adopt-A-Road: We have officially launched our Bowie Adopt-A-Road program. This program was made possible through a Keep Maryland Beautiful Grant. Please visit the webpage to learn more & contact Ashleigh Diaz if you are interested in adopting a road.
 
  • Neighborhood Mini Grants: We have also launched a new program aimed at neighborhood engagement. Host an event for your street, HOA, or neighborhood and let the City help you pay for it! 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
 
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! 

 
 
Chuck's Award Winning Vegan Chili
 
 
You will need:
  • Dutch oven or large cooking pan
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bell pepper, color of choice, diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup of chili powder (it seems like a lot but the creator swears by it- I typically do slightly less)
  • 1/2 Refried beans (optional)
  • Jalapeno, diced (optional) or 2 tbsp pickled jalapenos from jar
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed kidney beans
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed pinto beans
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper1/2 tsp additional garlic (optional)
  • 1-2 tbsp of masa or corn starch, for thickening
  • Salt to taste (the creator is a salt free home-chef so add the amount you personally like)
 

Directions:

  • Add oil if you'd like, but the creator uses a splash of vegetable broth in a heated Dutch Oven and then adds the onion and bell pepper. Let soften for 2-3 minutes, then add in the garlic and salt to taste.
  • Once fragrant, go ahead and add in your can of diced tomatoes and your tomato sauce and stir.
  • Add in 2 cups of vegetable broth and stir again, then add in all spices listed above.
  • Add jalapenos, if adding, and then the rinsed and drained beans.
  • Lastly, add in masa flour or cornstarch, this is your thickener, and put the heat to low, and let simmer until everything is well combined and super fragrant (likely 20 minutes).
  • Add to rice, quinoa, French bread, etc. Top with cheese, sour cream, avocado, hot sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Original recipe can be found here.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?


The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
November 15, 2021 and will be virtual. Please check the City calendar for the link.





Subgroup Highlight: Natural Resources Subgroup
In October, the Natural Resources subgroup of the Green Team held a workshop at Kenhill Center focusing on native plantings and the efforts by various groups at Kenhill Center. This included an overview of the Interfaith Food Pantry garden, the Community garden plots, information on bees by a local bee expert, and a native plant Q&A. 
Interested in more like this? Tune in to the next Green Team meeting!


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 Fred Robinson Way
Bowie, Maryland 20716
301-262-6200


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