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City of Bowie
Sustainability Planner

 
Ashleigh Diaz

adiaz@cityofbowie.org
301-809-3044

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Green Bowie News July 2022

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”
― Sam Keen

 

 



Easy, Environmentally-Friendly Yard Tips:
 
1. Use an electric mower and electric yard tools 
2. Don't use the bag! Let your grass clippings naturally fertilize your lawn
3. Don't spray pesticides unless you have a real issue- find natural alternatives first

4. Plant native plants
5. Plant pollinator-friendly plants

6. Install a rain barrel to catch water to reuse and avoid runoff
7. Compost (backyard bin or curbside)
8. When mulching around trees, avoid creating a mulch volcano. This is where the mulch is pushed up against the trees trunk and resembles a bell curve. Tree roots need air and sunlight to thrive, specifically newer/younger trees, so please only mulch loosely around the tree and be sure you can always see the base!
9. As you become more experienced in gardening, consider planting grass alternatives and designating your yard as a certified Natural Wildlife Habitat through the NWF program.
10. And last but not least, purchase electric lawn care tools and you may be eligible for a rebate! We have had an electric and mulching lawn mower rebate program for quite some time but are expanding it to include electric weed whackers, hedge trimmers, and leaf blowers. Please email adiaz@cityofbowie.org for more information or visit the webpage.
 
 
 

What's Happening:
 


Back by popular demand - ROUND 2 of the #CapitalAreaSolarCoop!
The Capital Area Solar Co-op is back in the DMV! With Round 2, Solar United Neighbors (SUN) continues to work with over a dozen local jurisdictions around the Capital Area to help residents put solar panels on their homes. By joining, you will join neighbors in DC, Maryland, and Virginia in the quest to lower your energy costs, become energy independent, and participate in the renewable revolution. Round 2 will run until Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
Please contact adiaz@cityofbowie.org with questions. 



Bowie wins MD Green Registry Leadership Award- 
The Maryland Green Registry presented the 2022 Leadership Award to the City of Bowie for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible and sustainable business practices. Bowie’s commitment to renewable energy through solar technology, electric vehicles and electric vehicle infrastructure, and our Climate Action Plan has earned us this spot for the second time, the first being in 2018.
 
The Maryland Green Registry is a voluntary program that recognizes organizations that have shown a strong commitment to the implementation of sustainable practices, the demonstration of measurable results and the continual improvement of environmental performance with the leadership awards.  Visit the Maryland Green Registry website for tips and resources designed to help organizations set and meet their own goals on the path to sustainability.

“The City of Bowie recognizes the importance of protecting the environment and implementing sustainable practices at our facilities and for our community,” said Ashleigh Diaz, Sustainability Planner. “We are honored to be recognized again for our hard work and leadership in this arena.”
 
The City of Bowie has both a Sustainability Plan and a Climate Action Plan, has a food waste program, offers backyard compost bins for a discounted price to residents, has an active Green Team and Environmental Advisory Committee who are dedicated to providing policy and programmatic leadership, and is leading the way in regards to both solar and EV technology.


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.
 
  • 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!


Bowie Methodist churches group working to clean up Superior Lane


Niyama Yogi Traveler group cleaning up Old Collington
Tip of the month: Catch water with a rain barrel from outside and reuse it on your plants. Alternatively, you can catch excess water from the shower, when you turn it on and it is heating up, if you put a catch basin there and take that water to water your house or outdoor plants. 

Food Waste & Composting

 
  • Food Waste Program- TAKING NEW PARTICIPANTS as of July 2022: 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. 

 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! 

 

Old Fashioned (but Plant Based) Dump Cake
 
 
You will need:
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix- the majority are actually plant based 
  • 1 can of crushed pineapple
  • 1 can of cherry pie filling
  • Plant based stick of butter
  • Optional: crushed pecans or coconut shreds 
 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 X13 inch baking dish with nonstick baking spray of choice, preferably coconut.
  • Spread the crushed pineapple with the juice into the prepared baking dish. 
  • Spread cherry pie filling on top of the crushed pineapple.
  • Evenly spread cake mix over top of the layers of pineapple and cherry and press down firmly. Arrange butter slices evenly over top of cake mix.
  • Bake in the preheated oven, 50-60 minutes, or until top is deep golden brown and bubbly.
  • Add your toppings or plant based whipped cream and enjoy!
 

Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?


The next Green Team Executive Committee meeting is
July 18, 2022 at 6:30 PM and will be held virtually.
Please check the City calendar for the link.



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

Other Incentives

 
  • 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. 

 

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.

                                                                                                                                                              
 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 Fred Robinson Way
Bowie, Maryland 20716
301-262-6200


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