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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 2016-17 Adopt-A-Watershed Program is up and running. [Read more here]

orange bullet Dr. Andrea Rocha (post-doc working with ISSE Director Terry Hazen) was selected from 21 outstanding women in East Tennessee to be the honoree in Technology, Research and Innovation at the 2016 YWCA Tribute to Women. [Read more here]

orange bullet ISSE and UT Co-Host Stargazing Party in Calhoun County, West Virginia, September 30–October 2—A partnership that includes ISSE will present the third annual Calhoun Stargaze at Calhoun County Park, 380 Park Place, Grantsville, West Virginia. The park boasts one of the darkest night skies in the eastern United States. Regardless of season, the Milky Way can easily be followed from one horizon to the next. [Read more here.]

orange bullet NSF Funds UT Engineering Look at Stormwater Adaptation, STEM EducationThe National Science Foundation's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation announced backing for a UT-led project to identify techniques for more sustainably managing storm water runoff in urban areas. A 2016-17 ISSE seed grant to this project will be integrated to provide additional data and insight into socio-environmental processes in urban watersheds.

orange bullet Jonathan Overly and ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels were one of the recipients of the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award. The award recognizes those whose efforts protect Tennessee’s scenic beauty, promote environmental education, or improve the overall environment. [more]

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

Upcoming Events

orange bullet Thanos Papanicolaou, Director of ISSE's TNWRRC, will be hosting a series of Environmental Seminars Fall semester 2016. See the schedule for dates, times, location, and speaker.

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Jian Sun, Joshua Fu, and Kan Huang. 2016. Organic nitrates and other oxidized nitrogen compounds contribute significantly to the total nitrogen depositions in the United States.In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, published ahead of print July 20, 2016 (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1608717113).

orange bullet Kristy Keel-Blackmon, Scott Curran, and Melissa Lapsa. June 2016. Summary of OEM Idling Recommendations from Vehicle Owner’s Manuals. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/TM -2016/ 50.

orange bullet Kristy Keel-Blackmon, with ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels, gave presentations to approximately 60 Scott High School students on May 3, 2016. The presentations served as a review of the students’ energy and natural resources requirements and also introduced students to information about alternative fuels and vehicles.

orange bullet ISSE is featured in an article (page 18) in the Spring 2016 edition of Tennessee Engineer, a publication by UT's College of Engineering.