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.

City of Bowie Sustainabililty Cover

Sustainability Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Recycling and Plastics.
This webinar focused on the lifecycle of waste and recycling, focusing on plastic and how it drives markets and environmental issues.

Upcoming webinars will include electric vehicles (EV's), recycling 101, native plants & pollinators, and more!

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.