City of Bowie
Sustainability Manager

Ashleigh Diaz

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Green Bowie News September 2022

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald


*Photo taken by Ashleigh Diaz at the Kenhill Center Community Garden area*

It’s a fact: You can really make a difference.

Are you concerned about the loss of habitat for birds, pollinators, and other
wildlife? Want to make a difference by creating beneficial and beautiful habitat
on your own property? Want to be part of a wildlife-friendly community network?
Help is available!
 Beginning again in September 2022, the Prince George’s Audubon Wildlife Habitat Program will
offer County residents the opportunity for a no-cost, on-site, in-person visit with trained advisors working to bring positive change to your property or neighborhood site. Visits go like this: volunteer Habitat Advisors typically spend an hour walking the property with you. They talk with you about native plants and landscape elements that provide food, water and shelter for birds, pollinators and other wildlife. Together you discuss topics like garden structure, lawn reduction, invasive plant removal, water conservation, and bird protection, setting priorities and making a plan for moving forward. When ready, you can certify online and order an attractive Audubon Bird-Friendly Habitat yard sign.

To get more information, or request a visit, email
Visit our webpage with more information about proper recycling
And visit this GUIDE for more information on how to go Back to School Plastic Free!

Fall Happenings:

September 10, October 1, October 15: Weed Warrior Workdays
Join the Green Team Natural Resources subgroup for a Student Service Learning hour opportunity at Whitemarsh Park! All events run 9am-noon, must register in advance. Children under 14 not permitted- large hand tools being used to remove English Ivy.

September 16: Family Fun Night- Zumba and Happy Feet!
Join the Green Team at Allen Pond for a fun night of Zumba with Ms. Cindi (let's dance out the energy) followed by a cozy screening of the environmentally-focused but kid-friendly film, Happy Feet. Light refreshments like popcorn will be provided. Please bring blankets, towels, or chairs to enjoy the show. 

September 17: After The Storms- A Pollinator Plant Frenzy!

Learn from the pros about how to plant and care for native or pollinator-friendly plants, shrubs, and trees. This workshop will take place at Kenhill Center in room 121 and outside at the newest native planting garden. The event is free and runs from 10am-noon. There will be a TON of plants to give away to those who participate. No registration required, but email if you have questions.

SAVE THE DATE: Green Bowie Veterans Day 5k- more to come asap!



PlantOneTreeOnUs (POTOU)
Food Waste Program
Electric Lawn Care Rebates
Neighborhood Mini Grants
Energy Audits
Want to save water? Put a bucket under the shower or bath spout to catch the cold water as you wait for your waiter to warm. Use that water to nourish your house plants and feel good about saving water!

  • 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.
  • Adopt-A-Road: Did you know we have a City of Bowie Adopt-A-Road program? This program was made possible through a Keep Maryland Beautiful grant. 
    • As of May 2022 all 15 roads are adopted!

Niyama Yogi Traveler group cleaning up Old Collington
Tip of the month: LED lightbulbs are far more energy efficient than standard or CFL bulbs. Help reduce your footprint while saving $ by switching over. Be on the lookout for periodic LED events to bring in an old CFL and receive a FREE LED courtesy of Phillips!

Food Waste & Composting

  • Food Waste Program- TAKING NEW PARTICIPANTS as of July 2022: 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


 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
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.

*Stay tuned for big changes regarding Green Bowie Businesses! We will be launching a Sustainability Grants program for local businesses very soon*

Recipe of the Month

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


Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge
You will need:
  • 1 cup of peanut butter (sub with any nut butter if you prefer a different one)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup (sub with agave if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Sea salt for topping


  • 1. Prepare a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan by lining with parchment paper.
  • 2. In a medium bowl, mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until well combined.
  • 3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Freeze for 45 minutes or until the fudge is firm. Top with flaky sea salt, if desired.
  • 4. Store fudge in the freezer, as it will melt if left out at room temp for too long. Keeps in airtight container, in freezer, for up to a week.
This recipe is courtesy of Samah Dada of the Today Show, and Sue Livera who submitted it.

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
September 19, 2022 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:
 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.
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Bowie City Hall
15901 Fred Robinson Way
Bowie, Maryland 20716

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