GreenBowie News March 2022
“March 4th is the only day this is also a sentence.”
― John Green
On the agenda for Spring:
Making 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 April 2022, the PG 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 will 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. Together with the advisors, you will set priorities and make 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, contact Barry Stahl or Kathy Shollenberger at email@example.com
The D.C. Environmental Film Festival will take place virtually this year from March 7-17. Visit DCEFF.ORG for more information and for passes.
Easy Pollinator Habitat Gardens (virtual talk): March 10, March 12. Elmer Dengler, pollinator specialist and EAC member, will be giving these discussions. Register here.
Weed Warrior Workdays: March 19, April 2, April 23.
Earn SSL hours and help remove invasive English Ivy from trees at Whitemarsh Park in Bowie. Must register in advance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee & Climate #2: March 22 at 10 am.
The Sustainability Planner and Watershed Manager will host the second Coffee & Climate Conversation, focusong on stormwater, how trees mitigate climate change, tree programs the City of Bowie offers, and more. Submit questions to email@example.com and register today- https://bowie.fyi/coffclim2
A Pawsome Social: March 23.
Join the Sustainability Planner and Animal Control Officers at the Bowie Dog Park from 4-6pm to learn all about rabies clinics, pet licenses, vaccines, pet waste, and more. Can't make it? We will have another "pawty" in May.
Stream Clean Up: April 2. This yearly clean up activity will take place on April 2 from 9 am- noon. Help clean up streams in our City! Earn SSL hours! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y
- Sustainability Webinar Series: 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% 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.
- Did you know the City of Bowie has its own Solar Farm to help off-set City emissions? How cool is that! "The farm" as we often refer to it has been operational since August 2021 and 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. Please visit the webpage to find adoptable roads & contact Ashleigh Diaz if you are interested in adopting one!
The Bowie Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) cleans Heritage Blvd (by Lowes)
- Neighborhood Mini Grants: We have also launched a new program aimed at neighborhood engagement. Host an event for your street, HOA, or neighborhood and let the City help you pay for it! Learn more about the Neighborhood Mini Grant program by visiting the webpage.
Food Waste & Composting
*we are not currently taking any 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 at www.cityofbowie.org/foodwaste.
Composting is our last line of defense, accordingly to the Food Recovery Hierarchy, before our food waste goes to the landfill. Once there it slowly breaks down over time, emitting methane into the atmosphere. You can help in a number of different ways and composting is a great one!
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!
Buffalo Chick Pea Salad- and cheesy jalapeno bread :)
You will need:
- One 15 oz. can of chick peas/garbanzo beans
- 1/4 cup (or more if needed) of Franks Red Hot Sauce or Texas Pete (or another hot sauce of choice but preferably not one with a strong flavor such as sriracha)
- 1 tbsp. of nutritional yeast- if you haven't used this yet you should try! Can omit if you do not own
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- Salad base of choice- spinach, spring mix, iceberg, etc. and toppings of choice. I recommend cherry tomatoes, radishes, and avocado
- Dressing of choice, I also recommend almost any of the Briannas line of dressings
- Open, drain, and rinse your can of chickpeas. Put into a Tupperware container or medium sized bowl and pat dry
- Mix hot sauce, onion, garlic, and nutritional yeast in a small jar or bowl. Stir it to combine and then pour over the chickpeas. The nutritional yeast helps to stick the flavors and the sauce to the chick peas. Shake up your bowl or Tupperware so that the sauce coats all chickpeas
- After the mixture is fully covering your chickpeas, transfer to the air fryer. Air fry for about 15 minutes, perhaps longer if you want them crispier, on 380. If using an oven put the chickpeas on a parchment lined sheet pan and stick into the pre-heated oven. 400 degrees for 15 minutes
- If the chickpeas are to your desired level of crispiness, it is time to assemble your salad
- Create your salad base, add the buffalo chickpeas, add your dressing and enjoy!
Bonus recipe! Cheesy Jalapeno Bread
You will need:
- Bread/toast of choice
- Hummus of choice
- Cheese of choice (for plant based I recommend VioLife)
- Pickled jalapeno slices
- Paprika/chili powder
- Take your toast and spread a thin layer of hummus on it
- Sprinkle a bit of paprika and chili powder on top- just a pinch!
- Add cheese of choice to the top and follow with pickled jalapeno slices
- Now air fry on 400 for about 4 minutes- or toast until golden brown
- Voila! Delicious, leveled up, cheesy, crunchy, jalapeno bread. Pairs perfectly with a big salad like the one above.
This recipe was adapted from Gregs Vegan Gourmet, an Instagram account.
Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?
The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
March 21, 2022 and will (likely) be virtual.
Please check the City calendar for the link.
- Learn more about Maryland's energy supply, usage, policies, etc. by visiting this on-line manual on 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.
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.