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.
Melissa Goldberg, with ISSE's East Tennessee Clean Fuels, will be making 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."
Hannah Woo will present her doctoral dissertation defense, titled "The microbial ecology of bacterial lignocellulose degradation in the ocean," on March 24, 2017. ISSE Director Terry Hazen is Hannah's graduate advisor.
Read the Winter 2017 Fuels Fix, an e-zine promoting the successes of Clean Cities Coalitions nationwide.
ISSE's East TN Clean Fuels Coalition is happy to announce they won all four of the private company CMAQ proposals they submitted through UTK (as the project sponsor). Two companies in Memphis and two companies in Chattanooga will receive assistance to replace or upfit vehicles. The businesses include a street sweeping service, a beverage dealer/distributor, a delivery service contractor, and a taxi and shuttle business. In addition, the coalition helped about five other entities with proposal submissions, and it appears that all of the AFV projects were funded. Anderson County, Powell-Clinch Utility District, and the City of Knoxville are some of the other project partners.
ISSE Researcher Jon Hathaway was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor (December 2016) on urban storm runoff for their article "Cities enlist nature to tame rising flood risks."
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.
ISSE's Dr. Rachel Chen (Director,Center for Sustainable Business and Development) was invited by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development to present the findings of the Tennessee Welcome Centers project, “You got a friend in Me! How Tennessee Welcome Centers Can Work for You,” at the 2016 Tennessee Governor’s Conference on Hospitality and Tourism in Chattanooga on September 22, 2016.
ISSE's Jonathan Overly (Executive Director, ETCleanFuels) was one of UT's Center for Transportation Research (CTR) Faculty Fellows for 2016. [Read more here]
The 2016-17 Adopt-A-Watershed Program is up and running. [Read more here]
ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) facilitates pervious concrete sidewalk in the Halls Outdoor Classroom to benefit handicapped students. [more]
ISSE 2017-18 Seed Grant RFP
ISSE makes annual funding available for multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research and support. This year’s awards will be made to support strategic research projects in one of the two ISSE focus areas: methane and water.
- Download the RFP (with required cover sheet) here
- Download the budget worksheet here (this is an Excel file)
Proposals are due by May 15, 2017.
Publications & Presentations
T. C. Hazen. Invited Symposia. Environmental Justice and Disposal of Toxic Waste. January 24, 2017. Washington, D.C. Integrating Environment and Health, 17th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment
L. R. Mason, J. M. Hathaway, K. N. Ellis, and T. Harrison. 2017. Public interest in microclimate data in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Sustainability 9 (1): 23 (doi:10.3390/su9010023)
L. R. Mason, K. N. Ellis, and J. M. Hathaway. 2017. Experiences of urban environmental conditions in socially and economically diverse neighborhoods. Journal of Community Practice (doi: 10.1080/10705422.2016.1269250)
Wilson, Christopher G., Kenneth M. Wacha, A.N. (Thanos) Papanicolaou, Heather A. Sander, Violet B. Freudenberg, Benjamin K.B. Abban, and Chang Zhao. 2016. Dynamic assessment of current management in an intensively managed agroecosystem. Journal of Contemporary Water Research & Education 158: 148-171.
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).
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.
ISSE is featured in an article (page 18) in the Spring 2016 edition of Tennessee Engineer, a publication by UT's College of Engineering.