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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 Selections

from left: Anming Hu, Chris Clark, Anahita Khojandi, Steven Ripp

ISSE makes annual funding available for multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research and support. This year, ISSE awarded four seed grants to support projects related to sustainability in the areas of water, energy, and food sustainability. 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 acknowledgement to ISSE. Read the RFP.

Read full details of the selected seed projects.


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 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, is on a committee of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) that is comprehensively evaluating the Watershed Protection Plan for New York City’s drinking water supply. Eighteen experts from around the US are on this two year assignment. The first two meetings were held in the Catskill Mountains region in September and October 2018. Prior to the October meeting, the committee toured the region with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. The tour 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, the DiBenedetto farm operations and pollution controls, and a land acquisition site.