Green Bowie News October 2022
“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus
October 5 is Energy Efficiency Day and
October is Energy Awareness Month!
Practicing energy efficiency saves money by using less energy therefore cutting back on utility bills, cuts down on waste and emissions generated, supports the efficiency and longevity of household items, and even helps to creates new jobs in the sustainability-sector. Once you know how and what to do, it’s easy to be energy efficient every day!
Some easy examples are:
- Use LED lightbulbs instead of halogen or CFL
- Use electric lawn care tools
- Purchase an electric hot water heater
- Caulk where you find small leaks around the home to cut down on the amount of energy escaping
- Unplug unused appliances that are slowly but surely sucking energy aka energy vampires!
- Install a “smart” or programmable thermostat
- Look for Energy Star® appliances
- Use cold water for washing and hang dry as much as possible
- Use a dishwasher
- And apply for a NO COST home energy audit today
And don't forget to join us in celebration of Energy Efficiency Day at the Starbucks at Bowie Town Center from 9-11 a.m. for a Coffee with a Cop chat and a Bulbs and Badges lightbulb exchange. Please bring ONE CFL (the curly lightbulbs that contain mercury) in exchange for ONE FREE LED (LED's are 3-way and were provided courtesy of Philips).
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!
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.
October 8, October 13, October 22: Monarch Waystation Cleanups
Come out and help the Green Team Natural Resources subgroup to maintain their monarch waystations. You will learn how to care for native species and learn all about the Green Teams work.
October 15: Stream and Community Cleanup
Help keep the City of Bowie's streams and surrounding community clean by participating in this cleanup event. Cleanup locations are chosen on an as-needed basis, so please feel free to reach out to Tiffany Wright to suggest a location in need.
October 28: Vino & Vinyasa
Join us for a spooky night of yoga and wine tasting at the Belair Mansion, to kick off the Halloween weekend. Yoga will be at 6 pm, taught by Kim Davis of Imagine Yoga& Wellness, followed by a spooktacular-themed wine tasting, courtesy of Crescent Wine & Spirits. The yoga is for all levels, and the wine tasting is complimentary. Please bring ID, 21+ for tasting. Additional purchases can be made for a discounted rate via Crescent.
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 starts and ends 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. REGISTER HERE!!
Plant One Tree On Us (POTOU): Free Tree Program Deadline October 14
This turnkey program allows 100 residents to choose a (native species) tree of their liking and decide where it gets planted. The City and our partners Eco Oasis will plant it for you! For more information reach out to Tiffany Wright.
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
- 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!
- 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!
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 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
*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!
Quick, Creamy, Pumpkin Pasta
You will need:
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less depending on your taste
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 Tablespoon sage
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- Half a box of rigatoni pasta, or a similar shape ( if doing the whole box, double other ingredients accordingly)
- 1/2 Tablespoon corn starch, optional
- 1 cup 100% pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling!
- Heat olive oil or melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for about 2 minutes. Add garlic, continuing to saute for another minute. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg, red pepper flakes, and ground ginger, allowing them to toast for approximately 30 seconds. Finally, stir in your herbs.
- Deglaze the pan with a splash of vegetable stock, scraping up any golden brown bits. Add the remaining vegetable stock to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and return to a simmer.
- If you prefer a thicker sauce you can either stir in 1/2 TBSP of corn starch or set aside a few tbsp of the broth and add corn starch to it, creating a slurry, which you will then add back to the Dutch oven
- Lastly, stir in the pumpkin puree, taste and add salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to top with cheese, breadcrumbs, jalapeno slices, fresh sage, etc. And enjoy!
The full, original recipe can be found here.
Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?
The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
October 17, 2022 at 7:00 PM and will be held virtually.
Please check the City calendar for the link.
- 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.
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: ampion.net/anacostia-metro.
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:
- Purchase qualifying equipment in store at an approved retailer.
- Work with an installation service professional through an approved retailer or with an EmPOWER Contractor to have the equipment installed.
- Apply for your rebate online through the Retail Application website.
- Receive a rebate check within 6-8 weeks of completed application.
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.