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.
Watch a video about the new propane autogas station in Greenville, TN. The new station is the result of a public-private partnership between Alliance AutoGas and NET Trans fleet (the regional public transit provider for the upper eight counties of northeast Tennessee). Alliance AutoGas works closely with ET Clean Fuels to improve alternative fuels infrastructure across the state.
A new three-year study involving University of Tennessee-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology Terry Hazen will look at how aquatic microbial communities are impacted by biocides associated with hydraulic fracking. Dr. Hazen is the director of ISSE's Methane Center. Read the story here.
ISSE's TNCleanFuels co-hosted (along with TDEC and TDOT) the 4th Annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum on September 17-18, 2018, at the UT Conference Center in downtown Knoxville, TN. The forum, titled “Where Innovation Meets Implementation,” highlighted new research and technologies that improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all Tennesseans. The forum featured a showcase of alternative fuel vehicles, as well as a recognition ceremony for a new class of certified Tennessee Green Fleets. This year’s inductees were: Greater Dickson Gas Authority; WeGo Public Transit, Downtown Nashville Service; Athens Utilities Board, Natural Gas Division; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; NET Trans, Carter County Fleet; and City of Knoxville, Mower Fleet.
ISSE has a new Director! Dr. Mingzhou Jin, Professor and Associate Department Head of Industrial and Systems Engineering, directs ISSE as of August 1st. Many thanks to Dr. Terry Hazen for his past three years of service!!
ISSE Researchers Cat Wilt and Tim Ezzell presented the findings from their report, "Hurdles to Healthcare: Overcoming Health Access Barriers in Haywood County, Tennessee," to officials in that county.
ISSE Researcher Joshua Fu was awarded the prestigious 2018 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award for his education efforts related to controlling air pollution. [Read More Here]
ISSE Director Terry Hazen is part of a research team that has come up with a novel way of testing water. Read "UT’s Hazen Teams Up on Water Quality Breakthrough."
An ISSE 2016-17 seed grant, "Appalachian Dark Skies Network," has generated further funding for improvements to Calhoun County Park, WVA. Read the story: Calhoun County officials reaching for stars with park improvements (in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, April 14, 2018)
If you were responding to an accident and came across a vehicle powered with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), would you feel able to intervene? There are currently almost 300 UPS trucks running on Tennessee roads that are powered by LNG! ISSE's Tennessee Clean Fuels wants to ensure that all of our talented First Responders in Tennessee have the training they need to respond to incidents involving Alternative Fuel Vehicles effectively. TNCleanFuels is pleased to announce four First Responder Training Sessions for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety across TN in October, 2018.
Publications & Presentations
Mason, Lisa Reyes, Jennifer Erwin, Aaron Brown, Kelsey N. Ellis, and Jon M. Hathaway. 2018. Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events: Exploring Protective Factors with a Capitals Framework. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work 15:5: 579-593 (DOI: 10.1080/23761407.2018.1502115).
He, Z., P. Zhang, L. Wu, A. M. Rocha, Q. Tu, Z. Shi, Y. Qin, J. Wang, D. Curtis, D. Ning, J. D. Van Nostrand, L. Wu, Y. Yang, D. A. Elias, D. B. Watson, M. W. W. Adams, M. W. Fields, E. J. Alm, T. C. Hazen, P. D. Adams, A. P. Arkin, and J. Zhou. 2018. Microbial functional genes predict groundwater contamination and ecosystem functioning. mBio 9:e02435-17.
Danso, D., C. Schmeisser, J. Chow, W. Zimmermann, R. Wei, C. Leggewie, X. Li, T. C. Hazen, and W. Streit. 2018. New Insights into the Function and Global Distribution of Polyethylene Terephtalate (Pet) Degrading Bacteria and Enzymes in Marine and Terrestrial Metagenomes. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. doi:10.1128/AEM.02773-17
Lewis, A. J., M. F. Campa, T. C. Hazen, and A. P. Borole. 2018. Unraveling Biocomplexity of Electroactive Biofilms for Producing Hydrogen from Biomass. Microbial Biotechnology DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12756.
Paradis, C. J., L. D. McKay, E. Perfect, J. D. Istok, and T. C. Hazen. 2018. In situ characterization of hydraulic conductivity and effective porosity utilizing single-well testing methods. Hydrogeology Journal 26: 381–393. DOI 10.1007/s10040-017-1672-3.
Qiuming Yao, Zhou Li, Yang Song, S. Joseph Wright, Xuan Guo, Susannah G. Tringe, Malak M. Tfaily, Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Terry C. Hazen, Benjamin L. Turner, Melanie A. Mayes & Chongle Pan. 2018. Community proteogenomics reveals the systemic impact of phosphorus availability on microbial functions in tropical soil. Nature Ecology & Evolution (doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0463-5).