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    Decolonizing Education to Meet Climate Change Demands: 2023 Interdisciplinary Curriculum Program
    (2023-06-07) Cossard, Patricia Kosco
    This poster was presented at the University of Maryland Libraries 2023 Research and Innovative Practice Forum. It presents the work of an innovative cross-disciplinary experiential curriculum program of 20 courses offered in 7 departments across 5 academic units with an enrollment of nearly 500 students. Students were introduced to tribal members from the Piscataway Conoy Tribe, Choptico Band of Piscataway Conoy, and Nanticoke Indian Nation. Students used the "resilient Adaptive Climate Technology" (reACT) house, second place winner of the 2017 US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, in order to provide design development in collaboration with tribal members for the adaptive reuse of the building as an educational laboratory. The curriculum development was funded by a generous grant from the UMD Provost through the 2023 Teaching & Learning Grant.
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    UMD Resilient Adaptive Climate Technology ThinkTank (reACT TT): Purpose, Accomplishments and Future Directions
    (2022-10-12) Cossard, Patricia Kosco; Hubbard, William
    reACT ThinkTank is a campus-wide initiative involving faculty, staff, and students collaborating with Maryland tribal communities, who are deeply committed to a dynamic transdisciplinary approach to sustainability that includes research, consultancy advice, and education to internal and external stakeholders concerning climate change, regenerative design and renewable energy in urban environments and the building industry, and providing opportunities for action related to the University’s Land Acknowledgment.
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    2020-2021 Annual Report
    (2021-05-18) reACT ThinkTank
    The reACT Living Laboratory & ThinkTank presents a record of work April 2020-May 2021. The report demonstrates a good rate of return on the University's investment in both the Solar Decathlon and the administrators, faculty, staff students, and alumni who have worked hard to demonstrate that your investment has been creatively and responsively cultivated. Activities in 15 sections and one Appendix are presented. An Executive Summary is included. I. History & Origins II. Grants, Funded Research, and Sponsored Agreements III. Reconstruction of original sd2017 competition winner, reACT IV. Student Engagement V. Climate Action Leadership VI. Native American Workgroup/ThinkTank/Task Force VII. Native Youth Fellowship VIII. Alumni Achievements related to ThinkTank IX. Professional Development X. Open Scholarly Communications XI. Media Coverage XII. Expanded ThinkTank Membership in 2020-2021 XIII. Opportunities for the Future XIV. Resources & Campus Funding Needed for Continued Success XV. Acknowledgement & Gratitude Appendix A. ThinkTank Mission Statement This report has been disseminated to all those listed on p.14.
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    U.S. Department of Energy Solar District Cup Collegiate Design Competition, Class of 2021, Team Maryland
    (2021-04-16) Cossard, Patricia Kosco
    The Solar District Cup Class of 2021 final deliverable has been submitted and accepted. The judges and Solar District Cup organizers are excited to see the solutions Team Maryland has developed over the past several months. The judging panel for each division will review packages before witnessing live team presentations on April 25. The competition teams were assigned one of three “District use” cases. Team Maryland was assigned the district use case of the University of Central Florida.
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    Project Proposal: UFC District Use Case
    (2021-04-26) Nerrise, Favour; Brinkman, Jakob; Mountain, Pamela; Yee, Jonathan; Stanfield, Cade; Kirshenboin, Tali; Molkara, Yasmin; Owoeye, Oluwadara; Quinn, Bryan; Cossard, Patricia Kosco; Rockcastle, Garth; May, Peter; Fathy, Hosam
    The Final Deliverable Package includes a complete conceptual design and techno-economic analysis of a proposed interconnected solar PV plus battery electric storage system that maximizes energy offset and savings over the system’s contracted (if PPA or lease) or useful (if cash purchase) lifetime for the division district, given its use case parameters and conditions.