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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 The work of Terry Hazen (ISSE Methane Center Director,former ISSE Director, and UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology) on what microbes can do for you was highlighted in an ORNL news blog.

orange bullet ISSE Researcher Tim Ezzell was the invited keynote speaker at the 2019 East Tennessee Region State Legislators Hospitality & Tourism Lunch held February 15, 2019. Dr. Ezzell's topic was "Appalachian Regional Commission Study on Economics of Tourism."

orange bullet John Schwartz, an ISSE researcher in UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was nominated and is serving on a committee with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) comprehensively evaluating the Watershed Protection Plan for New York City’s drinking water supply. Read more here.


orange bullet ISSE's Tennessee Water Resources Research Center (TNWRRC) has a new Director. Dr. John Schwartz, a Professor in UT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been selected to head TNWRRC, starting January 1, 2019. Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Schwartz!

orange bullet ISSE Researcher Terry Hazen, UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, was listed by Clarivate Analytics as one of the world's most cited researchers. Read more here.