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The University of Tennessee’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment promotes 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 Announces 2019–20 Seed Grant RFP

Proposals due May 15, 2019

The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment makes annual funding available for multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research and support. This year, ISSE will award about four seed grants to support research projects related to sustainability, especially projects related to water, energy, and food sustainability that have potential for external funding opportunities.

The aim of this seed grant is to support project teams as they develop the capability to secure external funding. ISSE expects the funded teams to submit at least one external grant proposal and one article to a peer-reviewed publication with necessary acknowledgement to ISSE.

Full details and application materials are available here.


Journal of Cleaner Production announces Special Volume, issues call for papers

Manuscript submission deadline is August 31, 2019.

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This Special Volume (SV) aims to address green scheduling problems and explore different approaches for energy savings and emission reductions. Until now, existing studies on green scheduling considered only a few simple problem characteristics such as a single machine, flow shop scheduling, and so on. Complex constraints, including multiple resource constraints, flexible scheduling, and uncertainty situations should also be considered for the practical application of green scheduling. This SV is open to all engineering disciplines and a wide range of research topics addressing green scheduling. Papers are also accepted where the primary focus is on green scheduling in general. Topical areas include green scheduling problems and their extensions, algorithms, and applications.

Submit manuscripts to and select this Special Volume “VSI: Green Scheduling.” All submissions are subject to standard peer review, revision, and resubmission processes. Manuscripts may be rejected after these processes because of poor quality.

picture of Terry HazenThe 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.

picture of three UT professorsRead A Climate for Connecting to learn how three UT professors launched more than five years of multidisciplinary projects funded by the nation’s top research agencies. It all started from an ISSE seed grant.

Terry HazenA UT professor and expert known for his work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery efforts has co-authored a report, The Use of Dispersants in Marine Oil Spill Response, that makes a series of recommendations to federal agencies on how to safely clean up after spills.Terry Hazen, the UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology, teamed up with other scientists to write a report on oil spill recovery safety published this month by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.“One of the biggest concerns in cleanup efforts is the effect the spill has on people’s health and livelihood,” Hazen said. “It’s not just that oil itself is harmful and potentially even flammable, but you have to be careful what kind of chemicals you expose crews to while trying to clean or contain the oil.” Read more...

picture of field workJohn 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. Eighteen experts from around the US are serving on this 21-month-long committee assignment. The first two meetings in the Catskills Mountain region were held in September and October 2018. Prior to the October meeting, the committee was given a tour of the region by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, which included a visit to their NELAP (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program)-accredited water quality laboratory in Kingston, the Boiceville wastewater treatment plant, the Stoney Clove stream restoration project near Phoenicia (see photo), the DiBenedetto farm operations and pollution controls, and a land acquisition site.