The term sustainability is used to describe an efficient way of looking at development and growth. According to The Sustainable Enterprise Fieldbook (p. 119), it is "about meeting today's needs without hampering future generations." This means growth that ensures waste-free production, values people, and maximizes profits -- the process recognized as the triple bottom line. 

Sustainability Plan

The Bowie Sustainability Plan, adopted on November, 21, 2016, is a 10-year plan that details goals, strategies, and actions that will help ensure Bowie is a diverse and vibrant community that is committed to its citizens, economy, and natural environment. Achieving the objectives in this plan will be a continued community effort, and every resident can make a difference. Each year we do an update of where the City is in regards to the Sustainability Plan - what actions have been taken, what we have achieved, and what we still need to work on. View the 2020 update here.

Sustainability Webinar Series 

During COVID, the City hosted a series of webinars on different sustainability related topics. An entire playlist can be viewed on the City's YouTube account here, or click the video below.

Green Citizen Award

The City presents an annual Green Citizen Award to one citizen with outstanding practices in sustainability and community outreach. The awardee is presented each spring at the Bowie Green Expo by the Mayor and the award committee. The committee reviewing nominations is made up of members of the Bowie Green Team and Environmental Advisory Committee.

Congratulations to:

  • Gaye Williams, 2017
  • Dr. Harold Moline, 2018
  • Cecelia Reddy, 2019
  • Ann Fleming, 2020
  • Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry, as well as folks who worked from home, residents who compost or participate in the food waste program, teachers, and front line workers (in light of all of the COVID-19 challenges), 2021
  • Gary Allen, 2022

See How Bowie Stacks Up

Below are a few sustainability indicators, tracked by the State of Maryland, using American Community Survey data. See how Bowie stacks up compared to the County and State.