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City of Bowie
Sustainability Planner

 
Ashleigh Diaz

adiaz@cityofbowie.org
301-809-3044

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GreenBowie News August 2021

 
 

"August of another summer, and once again, I am drinking in the sun, and the lilies are spread against the water."
- Mary Oliver

 


GreenBowie Spotlight


Events are back!
 
Weed warrior workdays will take place  on August 28, 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. 
 
 

The Solar Farm is operational!
Thank you to Mati Bazurto, Business Operations Manager, John Fitzwater, the previous Assistant City Manager, Kristin Larson, the previous Sustainability Planner and all the others involved for making this project happen!


S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
 
  • Register for the upcoming sessions of the Sustainability Webinar Series.  August 11 is all about planting for butterflies and birds in your yard and August 23 is about community solar!
 
  • 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.

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! 

 
 
Seasoned, Air Fried Potato Burritos
 
You will need:
About 8-10 small gold or red potatoes (if using larger potatoes just eyeball to make sure it's enough to serve about 4 individuals. Like 3 or 4 potatoes), peeled
1 tbsp olive oil (any neutral oil will do)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2-3 tsp Badia Tropical Seasoning OR if you do not have an all purpose tropical seasoning use a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and oregano. Eyeball/season to taste with those. Fresh garlic can be used. 
*For extra crispy outside coating, add a dash of either nutritional yeast (an amazing vegan condiment!) or cornstarch*
Tortillas of choice
Toppings of choice: salsa, beans, rice, eggs, cheese, cilantro, hot sauce, etc.
 

Directions:

Take the potatoes, peel, and chop into small pieces.
Place into a bowl with the oil and seasonings and give a good toss. 
Place into air fryer at 400 for 10 minutes, do a shake and then add 4 minutes. 
If you do not own an air fryer, you can bake on a sheet in the oven for about 20 minutes, tossing or flipping halfway. Adjust if you need more time.
Take out the potatoes and set aside while you assemble your burrito.
I suggest laying down a layer of salsa, egg (if trying to be fully plant based, Just Egg is a wonderful, affordable, cholesterol free alternative to eggs) and sprinkle of cheese, then adding a large scoop of the crispy potatoes. Wrap your burrito, cut in half and enjoy with coffee or tea.

These potatoes are so delicious and crispy, toddler and kid approved, and can be used in many dishes. We often eat them as a side with dinner or a side with breakfast along with waffles and fruit. 
I first had them in a burrito in Jamaica and it was a filling, plant based alternative to meat.
 

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?


The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
September 20, 2021 and will be in person at City Hall, room 243.



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

Other Incentives

 

Interested in 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. 

Links to companies with community solar projects under development in Maryland are below:


Arcadia Power
CleanChoice Energy
Groundswell
Neighborhood Sun
Solar United Neighbors of Maryland (SUN MD) 
                                                                                                                                                              
Municipal Collaboration for 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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