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.
25th Tennessee Water Resources Symposium—April 13-15, 2016, Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee. Sponsored by TN American Water Resources Associates (AWRA).
East TN Clean Fuels Coalition celebrated the end of a multi-year project (almost 4 years) with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park via a ribbon cutting on Sept. 30, 2015 for the alternative fuel pieces of equipment that the Park installed or put in use. Watch the U-Tube video here.
Read an article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel's December 20, 2015 Opinion Section by Jim Hackworth (with the Tennessee Solar Energy Association [TSEA]) titled "Adding energy storage to solar power installations would pay off." Also see a Letter to the Editor in the News-Sentinel's December 31, 2015 edition by TSEA's Stephen Levy titled "TVA should copy Vermont program."
K. N. Ellis, J. M. Hathaway, L. R. Mason, D. A. Howe, T. H. Epps, and V. M. Brown. 2015. Summer temperature variability across four urban neighborhoods in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Theoretical and Applied Climatology (doi:10.1007/s00704-015-1659-8).
A recent study led by the Director of the ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, Thanos Papanicolaou, could very well change the way we view the health of our nation’s soil, even potentially altering history books. The paper appears in the Nov. 25th issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeoscience and focuses on modeling carbon budgets in agricultural areas. More information is available here. (Citation: Papanicolaou, A. N. (T)., K. M. Wacha, B. K. Abban, C. G. Wilson, J. L. Hatfield, C. O. Stanier, and T. R. Filley. 2015. From soilscapes to landscapes: A landscape-oriented approach to simulate soil organic carbon dynamics in intensively managed landscapes. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences 120: 2375–2401 (doi:10.1002/2015JG003078).
ISSE has made the
Green Power Switch:
The U.S. Geological Survey has published the fiscal year 2016 request for National Competitive Grants (104g) applications for the State Water Resources Research Institute Program. Download the full FY2016 announcement for additional details. Proposals for the 2016 funding cycle are due February 25, 2016.
2016 AMERICAN ECOLOGICAL ENGINEERING SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE—June 7-9, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's theme is “Rooftop to Rivers – Integrating Built and Natural Ecosystems.” Poster presentation proposals will be accepted through April 2016.
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