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.
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]
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]
NSF Funds UT Engineering Look at Stormwater Adaptation, STEM Education—The 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.
ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) facilitates pervious concrete sidewalk in the Halls Outdoor Classroom to benefit handicapped students. [more]
ISSE is co-hosting a seminar on February 23 at 3:30pm by Dr. Gary Parker of the University of Illinois. It will be held at the Baker Center's Toyota Auditorium.
Publications & Presentations
L. R. Mason, J. M. Hathaway, K. N. Ellis, and T. Harrison. 2016. Public interest in microclimate data in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. Sustainability 9 (1): 23 (doi:10.3390/su9010023)
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.