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various pictures from ISSE projects

The University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) seeks to promote the development of policies, technologies, and educational programs that cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and grow in response to pressing environmental and security issues facing the state, the nation, and the globe. ISSE’s specialized centers, programs, and initiatives address a range of issues that fall under the broad rubric of sustainability.




orange bullet The Baker Center Energy and Environment Forum is beginning its sixth year bringing an inter-disciplinary perspective to energy and environment issue on campus. This fall, the Forum will be addressing topics ranging from wildlife corridors to climate change by an international list of subject matter experts. See the schedule for the Fall 2017 edition of the Forum. The Forum typically meets from 1-2:30 pm on Thursdays in the Toyota Auditorium in the Baker Center (but note the November 15th meeting of the Forum is on a Wednesday).

orange bullet TNWRRC researcher Jon Hathaway (an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at UT) is an expert in flooding, water runoff, and urban water issues. He provides some information about the issues facing Texas and Louisiana when floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey begin to recede.

orange bullet ISSE's Center for Sustainable Business and Development prepared a "25-Year Economic Impact" report (released Summer 2017) for the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.

orange bullet  ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center staff played a major role in the Harrell Road Stormwater Park Development. Read about the new park in the Tennessee Stormwater Association News & Information on page three.

orange bullet The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System officially launched its 15 new propane-powered Type C school buses, funded partially through a “Reducing Diesel Emissions for a Healthier Tennessee” grant that ISSE's Tennessee Clean Fuels (TNCleanFuels) manages for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). [Read the story in the CMCSS Focus and in the Leaf-Chronicle.]

orange bullet ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition (ETClean Fuels) is  very excited to offer a PAID internship opportunity for this fall through the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Workforce Development Program. The intern will work 20 hours a week at our Knoxville office on a number of projects related to alternative fuels, transportation, and non-profit management. This position is open to current graduate and undergraduate (junior or senior) students, or those who graduated within the past year, from any accredited University or college, not just UTK. Read more about it on the ETCleanFuels website or fill out an application here.

orange bullet TNWRRC and local partners sponsor community outreach events throughout the year. Read about their 2016-17 activities.

orange bullet Read about the 2016-17 TNWRRC Adopt-A-Watershed program and read local news articles on the activities.

orange bullet The Tennessee Water Resources Research Center and the Town of Farragut are working together to identify, locate, and assess the different stormwater structures that are owned by the Town. [Read more here]

orange bullet Read the Spring 2017 TNWRRC email newsletter, produced by ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center.

orange bullet Read the Spring 2017 Fuels Fix, an e-zine promoting the successes of Clean Cities Coalitions nationwide, published by ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition.

orange bullet Melissa Goldberg, with ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels, made a presentation at the 3rd Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium on March 21, 2017. Her talk is titled "East Tennessee Clean Fuels - STEM deployment and beyond."

orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou, Director of ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a honor that is bestowed on only 1.2% of ASCE members.

orange bullet ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) facilitates pervious concrete sidewalk in the Halls Outdoor Classroom to benefit handicapped students. [more]

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Zhang, Z., R.J.C. Chen, L. Han, and L. Yang. 2017. Key Factors Affecting the Price of Airbnb Listing: A Geographically Weighted Approach. Sustainability 9: 1635-1648 (

orange bullet Sun, J., J. S. Fu, K. Huang, J. A. Lynch, and Y. Gao. 2017. Climate-driven exceedance of total (wet + dry) nitrogen (N) + sulfur (S) deposition to forest soil over the conterminous US. Earth’s Future 5(6): 560-576 (doi: 10.1002/2017EF0005).

orange bullet Sun, J., J. S. Fu, J. B. Drake, J-F Lamarque, S. Tilmes, and F. Vitt. 2017. Improvement of the prediction of surface ozone concentration over conterminous U.S. by a computationally efficient second-order Rosenbrock solver in CAM4-Chem. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 9(1): 482-500 ( doi: 10.1002/2016MS000863).

orange bullet Khatri, R., C. Cherry, S. Nambisan, and L. Han. 2016. Modeling route choice of bikeshare users with GPS data. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2587 (doi: 10.3141/2587-17).

orange bullet Jiang Liu, Stephen M. Techtmann, Hannah L. Woo, Daliang Ning, Julian L. Fortney and Terry C. Hazen. 2017. Rapid Response of Eastern Mediterranean Deep Sea Microbial Communities to Oil. Scientific Reports 7:5762

orange bullet Tan, J., J. S. Fu, K. Huang, C.-E. Yang, and J. Sun. 2017. Effectiveness of SO2 emission control policy on power plants in the Yangtze River Delta, China–Post-assessment of the 11th five-year plan. Environmental Science and Pollution Research 24(9): 8243-8255 (doi: 10.1007/s11356-017-8412-z).

orange bullet R. H. Chakraborty, H. Woo, P. Dehal, R. Walker, M. Zemla, M. Auer, L. A. Goodwin, A. Kazakov, P. Novichkov, A. P. Arkin and T. C. Hazen. 2017. Complete genome sequence of Pseudomonas stutzeri strain RCH2 isolated from a Hexavalent Chromium Cr(VI) contaminated site. Standards in Genomic Sciences 12:9.

orange bullet P. Zhang, Z. L. He, J. D. Van Nostrand, Y. J. Qin, Y. Deng, L. Y. Wu, Q. C. Tu, J. J. Wang, C. W. Schadt, M. W. Fields, T. C. Hazen, A. P. Arkin, D. A. Stahl and J. Z. Zhou. 2017. Dynamic Succession of Groundwater Sulfate-Reducing Communities during Prolonged Reduction of Uranium in a Contaminated Aquifer. Environmental Science & Technology 51:3609-3620.

orange bullet H. L. Woo, K. M. DeAngelis, H. Teshima, K. Davenport, H. Daligault, T. Erkkila, L. Goodwin, W. Gu, C.-C. Lo, C. Munk, M. Scholz, Y. Xu, P. Chain, D. Bruce, C. Detter, R. Tapia, C. Han, B. A. Simmons and T. C. Hazen. 2017. High Quality Draft Genome Sequences of Four Lignocellulose-degrading Bacteria from Puerto Rican Forest Soil- Gordonia sp., Paenibacillus sp., Variovorax sp., and Vogesella sp. Genome Announcement 4.

orange bullet D.H. Yoon and R.J.C. Chen. 2017. A Green Shadow: the Influence of Hotel Customers’ Environmental Concern, Knowledge, and Education Level on Green Marketing Skepticism and Behavioral Intentions. Tourism Analysis 22(3): 281-293.

orange bullet D.K. Poisson and R.J.C. Chen. 2017. Operating Sustainable Meal Plans and Food Places: Factors Influencing College Students’ Dining Choices and Preferences. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism 15(1): 19-30.

orange bullet S. Chen, H. C. Cheng, J. Liu, T. C. Hazen, V. Huang and Q. He. 2017. Unexpected competitiveness of Methanosaeta populations at elevated acetate concentrations in methanogenic treatment of animal wastewater. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 101:1729-1738.

orange bullet Liu, T., G. Zhuang, K. Huang, J. Lin, Q. Wang, C. Deng, and J. S. Fu. 2017. A typical formation mechanism of heavy haze-fog induced by coal combustion in an inland city in north-western China. Aerosol and Air Quality Research 17: 98-107 (doi:10.4209/aaqr.2016.04.0143).

orange bullet Alex J. Lewis, Maria F. Campa, Terry C. Hazen and Abhijeet P. Borole. 2017. Unravelling biocomplexity of electroactive biofilms for producing hydrogen from biomass. Microbial Biotechnology.

orange bullet S. M. Techtmann, M. Zhuang, P. Campo-Moreno, E. Holder, M. Elk, T. C. Hazen, R. Conmy, and J. W. Santo Domingo. 2017. COREXIT 9500 enhances oil biodegradation and changes microbial community structure of oil-enriched microcosms. Applied Environmental Microbiology.