Mary Anne G. Bowie, FAICP is a third-generation Sarasotan and happy that her three children and grandchildren live in the Sarasota area. Retired as an urban planner and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, her environmental activism continues as leader of the Green Team at the Unitarian Universalist Church and co-founder of Generating Earth Connections. Recent efforts have included publishing a healthy soils pamphlet to raise personal awareness and responsibility regarding regeneration.
Beginning in 1991, her sustainability efforts focused on national speaking and growing the local green economy. Under the name Sarasota Green Connection, a pro-bono effort, she held seven years of monthly green world café forums, featuring local green businesses and the earth charter. She certified over 200 local businesses as Green, based on their practices, products, and philosophy. This was the precursor to the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership program. After 4 years of preparation, she opened Sarasota Green Market Place in March 2007, a brick-and-mortar store, with 180 vendors to serve the green building movement. The store closed in 2009, because of the 2008 economic situation. She was hired as the curriculum consultant to St Petersburg College at the inception of Sustainability Management programs. (AA and BAS degrees are now offered)
After a stint with Booz Allen Hamilton, she semi-retired to work on projects with several non-profit organizations, including: program manager for the inception of Oyster shell recycling with START (Solutions to Avoid Red Tide); the Hopeful Helpful Housing Summit with The Jericho Project; Green Movies That Matter and Planet Healing Films with US Green Building Council and Transition Sarasota; developing Arlington Park as a Sustainable Neighborhood; and Executive Director with Sarasota Chapter of Holistic Chamber of Commerce. She wrote a key Glyphosate Article for Critical Times. She teaches occasional classes in Eco-Spirituality, Sustainability, and Regeneration.