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City of Bowie
Sustainability Planner

 
Ashleigh Diaz

adiaz@cityofbowie.org
301-809-3044

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GreenBowie News June 2021

Welcome Summer and welcome to Pollinator Month!

According to the National Park Service, a pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower to the female part of the same or another flower. This allows the plant to become fertilized and produce fruits, seeds, and more young plants. Some examples of pollinators are bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, birds, flies and small mammals, including bats. Some pollinators, like many bees, intentionally collect pollen. Others, such as many butterflies, move pollen accidentally when it sticks on their bodies while they are drinking or feeding on nectar in the flower blooms and is transported unknowingly from flower to flower resulting in pollination. 

One great way to allow for pollinators to thrive and do their much needed work, is to create a dedicated habitat or space for them. In the City of Bowie, we (currently) have three (3) Monarch Waystations which were created by the Green Team and City staff. The waystations are helpful for all sorts of pollinators, but specifically for Monarch Butterflies, as they make their long journey each year from the U.S. or Canada all the way to Mexico. Waystations provide food, shelter, and much more for the monarchs. In addition, Bowie has many certified habitat backyard gardens and is itself a certified habitat through the National Wildlife Foundation. You can read about all of our efforts in Bowie here. 


The waystations are at the Senior Center, behind City Hall, and at Belair Meadows.


 

"In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different."
- John Steinbeck 

  
 

Please take a moment to complete this short survey if you have not.
 


GreenBowie Spotlight

 
Capital Area Solar Co-Op:
There's still time! Join the Capital Area Solar Co-Op! This is a collaborative effort for jurisdictions in our region to bring the power of solar to anyone interested. The opportunity runs through the end of August 2021. 



Contribute Your Flora & Fauna Photos:
Love wildlife? Love nature in your backyard? Have photos you'd like to send in? Send them to adiaz@cityofbowie.org to be featured in an upcoming gallery of Bowie Flora & Fauna, in the e-newsletter, and on twitter. Acceptable photos include (but are not limited to):
  • Trees
  • Native plants
  • Gardens
  • Pollinators
  • Bugs
  • Streams
  • Wetlands
  • Rain Gardens
  • Birds
  • & more!

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
 
  • Register for the upcoming Sustainability Webinar Series session on June 30th at Noon here! This one is all about energy independence and how to "de-fossilize" your home, meaning to get away from the use of fossil fuels (oil, gas) and start on your path to renewable energy. 
 
  • Register for the bonus webinar session all about pollinators on June 29th at 3pm here! This is a special bonus webinar hosted by Sam Droege of the U.S. Geological Survey who runs the Bee Lab at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and is an expert on all things pollinator. This 101 session will cover what a pollinator even is, how to help them, and more. 
  • 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! 

 
 
Fire-y Chick Peas and Rice
 
You will need:
 
1 can of chick peas, drained and rinsed until bubbles are gone
1 can of coconut milk
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp cumin
Salt & Pepper
1/2 onion of choice, although I prefer yellow or white here
2 cloves of garlic

As much rice or quinoa as you prefer

Directions:

1. Cook your rice or quinoa according to package and set aside
2. Add oil of choice to a pan (large pan with high walls or dutch oven) on medium-low heat and add your diced garlic cloves and onion. Sauté until fragrant. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and sauté for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add in your drained and rinsed can of chick peas and your tbsp of cumin. Stir to combine and simmer for 2 minutes.
4. Add your can of coconut milk and diced tomatoes, more salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
5. Let this simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, on medium-low. It will thicken more the longer you let it simmer, so feel free to go for upwards of 20 minutes as well.

Serve this over the rice/quinoa. This is an easy week night meal made with pantry staples that is good in any season. Add hot sauce or garnish with fresh cilantro. 
*Recipe adopted from Monique Brown, also knows as BrownVegan on Instagram and YouTube*


 
 

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?


The next Green Team Executive Committee virtual meeting is
June 21, 2021.


Please visit www.cityofbowie.org to check the City calendar and find the meeting link, as all City Committee meetings are being conducted via Microsoft Teams right now. 


 
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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