Sustainability Manager
Ashleigh Diaz

Sustainability Planner
Erin Oxenford

Contact us with questions!

Green Bowie News
November 2022

“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.”
― Nathaniel Hawthorne



Bowie achieves Silver Status in SMC Recertification
Every 3 years municipalities apply to recertify under the Sustainable MD Certified (SMC) program. We are happy to announce that for 2022 we have recertified for a fourth time and have moved up from bronze to silver status. The SMC application features a lengthy menu of items, some mandatory or priority and some based on your community innovation, that span all types of sustainability-related categories and actions.

Supporting the Solar Farm (run through a PPA), working on energy efficiency projects, owning and obtaining EV's, and focusing on wellness events are just some examples of the many items we put into our application for recertification. Thank you to all of you who participate in Green Bowie events, volunteer with the Green Team, or just support our efforts. And thank you to SMC for running a program that brings municipalities together and challenges us to do our best for sustainability and climate change.


Left to right: Councilmember Ingrid Harrison, Green Team Chair Michelle Balfe, Sustainability Manager Ashleigh Diaz, and Assistant City Manager Daniel Mears.
Visit our webpage with more information about proper recycling.

Holiday Happenings:

November 12: Annual Green Bowie Veterans Day 5k!

Register today for this fun, free, family-oriented event. Help the City of Bowie celebrate our many Veterans while promoting sustainable events. This is a FUN run & walk that is not competitive. The event starts at 8:30 and the starting line/finish line is at the Bowie Town Center behind Five Guys. More info to come after you register. Registration is free and each participant gets a t-shirt (as supplies last). Contact Ashleigh Diaz with questions.

November 17, November 19, December 1: Monarch Waystation Cleanups:

Join the Green Team Natural Resources subgroup in their final monarch waystation cleanups of 2022. At these cleanups, you will learn how to maintain a pollinator garden and all about the Green Team's work. Cleanups will resume in Spring 2023.


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).

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
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! 

Plant Based Chili
You will need:
  • 1 onion of choice
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup of diced mushrooms (optional, but gives a meaty texture)
  • 1 cup of Morning Star Farms plant based Chorizo (also optional but delicious)
  • 2 cans of beans of choice, recommend black and pinto, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable broth (just use one box and save any leftovers)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tsp oregano, thyme, paprika
  • 3 TBSP Chili powder
  • 2 pickled jalapenos and a splash of juice from the jar


  • Dice your onion garlic and bell pepper and add to a large Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Sauté them with a splash of vegetable broth, no oil needed, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Once the onions are translucent and the vegetable broth is evaporated add in your mushrooms and plant based chorizo if adding. Sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium-low.
  • Add your drained and rinsed beans and your diced tomatoes. Stir. Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add vegetable broth to cover. You can make this as chunky or as liquidly as you like. 
  • Add more salt and pepper, paprika, thyme, oregano and the 3 TBSP of chili powder. The original recipe calls for 1/4 cup but I tend to do a bit less. Give it a good stir and put the lid to the Dutch oven on, allowing everything to simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Lastly, add in the pickled jalapenos (as long as you like them) with a splash of the juice from the jar.
  • Your house will smell divine as you let this simmer for 5 more minutes.
  • It is then ready to serve over rice, with cornbread, on nachos, etc.

This recipe is adapted from Brand New Vegan's award winning chili!

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
November 21, 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, Maryland 20716

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