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.The Bowie Sustainability Plan, adopted on November, 21, 2016, builds upon the City's Climate Action Plan and all the other green-minded work that has come before it. It 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.
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.
The first winner was Gaye Williams in 2017
Dr. Harold Moline in 2018
Cecelia Reddy in 2019
Ann Fleming in 2020
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.