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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 ISSE Researchers Rachel Chen and Tim Ezzell are leading a study to better understand Appalachian tourism and identify opportunities to grow tourism activities and encourage business development. [Read More Here]

orange bullet TNWRRC Director Thanos Papanicolaou and his team are conducting experiments to investigate how past, present, and future human activities and climate affect the health of soil. [Read More Here]

orange bullet Read the Fall 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 The 6th Annual Watershed Symposium, held September 26, 2017 at UT, was hosted by the Watershed Faculty Consortium to provide university students an opportunity to learn a new skill with hands-on application, engage with industry and agency professionals in watershed-related fields, and participate in a problem-based Community Charrette to envision the future of the Tennessee River and its watershed. Refreshments and administrative support were provided by ISSE.

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 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.

Upcoming Events

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. 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).

Publications & Presentations

orange bullet Erin Arcipowski, John Schwartz, Lisa Davenport, Meghan Hayes, and Tracy Nolan. 2017. Clean Water, Clean Life: Promoting Healthier, Accessible Water in Rural Appalachia. Universities Council on Water Resources, Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 161: 1-18.

orange bullet Elhakeem, M., A.N. Papanicolaou, C.G. Wilson. 2017. Implementing streambank erosion control measures in meandering streams: Design procedure enhanced with numerical modeling. International Journal of River Basin Management (DOI: 10.1080/15715124.2017.1315816)

orange bullet Papanicolaou, A.N. 2017. Following the Water Drop: 60 Years of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 143(5) (

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 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.