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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.



News & Events

orange bullet Jian Sun, an ISSE graduate research assistant to Professor Joshua Fu, won best student paper at the 109th Annual Conference and Exhibition of the Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA) in New Orleans on June 20-23, 2016. Sun’s paper was titled "Climate-driven exceedance of combined nitrogen and sulfur depositions at forested areas over continental U.S." Read the story here.

orange bullet Take a look at the many Spring 2016 outreach activities facilitated by ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center.

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]

orange bullet picture of Terry Hazen with awardThe Office of Research Integrity presented seven faculty members with Service Excellence and Leadership Awards during a special celebration at Tyson House Thursday afternoon. Among the recipients was ISSE Director Terry Hazen, who, as the first chair of the institutional laboratory safety committee, has implemented important improvements in laboratory safety and has generated discussion regarding the pathway to improve the culture of lab safety on campus. UT Police Chief Troy Lane presented Hazen with this award for his dedication and foresight to laboratory safety. Read more here.

orange bullet Read about activities of ISSE staff volunteers at the 17th Annual EarthFest celebration in Knoxville.

orange bullet picture of cover of Fuels FixRead the current ezine edition of Fuels Fix, produced by ISSE's East Clean Fuels Coalition. Articles include "Fleet Gets Propane Conversion Kits Added to State Bid List," "The Driverless Car Dream," "Green Farms Certification," and more.

orange bullet The UTK Hydraulics & Sedimentation Lab (HSL) is featured in the journal Hydrolink (2016, Issue 1), published by the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, as one of the top hydraulics labs around the world. Thanos Papanicolaou, TNWRRC Director, heads the HSL. Read the article here.

orange bullet Weather and air quality data pinpointed to your own neighborhood and street could soon be at your fingertips, thanks to this ISSE-funded research project led by Kelsey Ellis, assistant professor of geography, Jon Hathaway, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, Lisa Reyes Mason, assistant professor of social work, and their student and community collaborators. The goal is to empower residents to make decisions based on accurate weather information, and to help city planners better understand how land use and tree cover affect neighborhoods . Read the article in Tennessee Today. The News Sentinel, WBIR-TV, Channel 10, and the Knoxville Mercury also reported on the study.


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.

orange bullet Kristy Keel-Blackmon, with ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels, presented in the air quality session at the 45th Annual Environmental Show of the South in Gatlinburg, TN, on 4/22/16. The presentation covered the expanded use of propane-powered mowers and lawn equipment in recent years, case studies from across the state, and the monetary and emissions reduction benefits gained from using this fuel.

orange bullet ISSE Researcher Jon Hathaway gave a presentation on April 14, 2016 at the Baker Center Energy and Environment Forum. His topic was "Sustainable Urban Water and the Rise of Green Infrastructure."

orange bullet T. C. Hazen, R. C. Prince, and N. Mahmoudi. 2016. Marine Oil Bioremediation. Feature Article. Environ. Sci. Technol.  (DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03333)

orange bullet C. J. Paradis, S. Jagadamma, D. B. Watson, L. D. McKay, T. C. Hazen, M. Park, and J. D. Istok. 2016. In situ mobility of uranium in the presence of nitrate following sulfate-reducing conditions. J. Cont. Hydro. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2016.02.002)