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ISSE develops policies, technologies, and educational programs that respond to pressing environmental and security issues. ISSE’s centers, programs, and initiatives cut across multiple disciplines, engage the university’s research faculty and staff, and address issues of environmental sustainability.


Faculty Launch Rain Garden Project in North Knoxville

jon hathaway In an effort to enhance local conservation efforts and help residents who live in a flood-prone area of the city, three UT faculty members will work with a group of homeowners to install rain gardens in the Edgewood Park neighborhood of Knoxville.

The faculty members—Jon Hathaway, associate professor in CEE and ISSE affiliated faculty; Andrea Ludwig, associate professor of ecological engineering; and Lisa Reyes Mason, associate professor in the College of Social Work—are overseeing the rain garden project. They’ve received a $7,000 grant from the Alliance of Women Philanthropists and $1,000 from UT’s Office of Community Engagement and Outreach to fund the project. Read more...


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Tennessee Higher Education Commission online

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ISSE Announces 2019–20 Seed Grant Selections


from left: Chris Clark, Anahita Khojandi, Steven Ripp

ISSE makes annual funding available for multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research and support. This year, ISSE awarded 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 full details of the selected projects here.