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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.

Upcoming ISSE Conferences


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2019 Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo

September 30 - October 2, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), and Tennessee Clean Fuels (TNCleanFuels) will hold the fifth annual Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Forum & Expo (STF&E) on September 30 through October 2, 2019 at the UT Conference Center in downtown Knoxville, TN. The forum will highlight current in-state projects and new research and technologies that improve transportation efficiency, reduce vehicle emissions, and address the mobility needs of all Tennesseans. Panelists and speakers from across the country will highlight best practices to transform transportation systems efficiently, affordably, and sustainably. Advanced conference registration is $35 until September 17, then registration increases to $45 per person. Day-of-registration will cost $50 per person; students can attend for just $5 (with a valid school ID). Read details at the TDEC event website.

Save the Date for FEWSTERN 13TH ANNUAL US–CHINA ECO-ENVIRONMENTAL SYMPOSIUM: Research and Innovation at the Nexus of Food-Energy-Water

October 26—29, 2019 in Seattle, Washington.

The University of Tennessee and Washington State University welcome food-energy-water (FEW) systems researchers from across the U.S. and China to exchange innovations, share ongoing research, and explore new research and partnerships with industry, government leaders, and non-profit organizations. The format of the symposium will emphasize panel presentations, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions designed to optimize networking opportunities and encourage collaboration. Attendees will work face-to-face to develop grant proposals, integrate and narrow research plans, and interact across research groups. Read details here.


October 30—November 2, 2019 in Hong Kong, China

The first prerequisite for sustainable development is to achieve cleaner production, realize a circular economy, and increase efficiencies in the uses of energy, water, resources, and human capital. The International Conference on Cleaner Production and Sustainability (CPS) is a platform to discuss environmental and sustainability issues in corporations, governments, academic institutions, regions, and societies, share theoretical and practical solutions for cleaner production and a circular economy, and engage stakeholders.

CPS 2019 will include invited keynote speeches, plenary sessions, and poster presentations on topics such as:

  • Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency
  • Cleaner Production and Advanced Manufacturing
  • Climate Change and Regional Sustainability
  • Eco-Innovation/Design for Sustainability
  • Ecological Capital and Eco-Governance
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Health and Risk
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Green Supply Chain
  • Sharing Economy and Product Service System
  • Urban Mining

August 31, 2019: Early-bird registration ends. At least one author should register before Early Bird ends; otherwise an accepted abstract will be removed from the conference program and not be considered for journal special issues.

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 full details of the selected projects here; read the RFP here.