Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment News

Trees: Nature’s Water Filter? UT Study Hopes to Prove So

Jon Hathaway

For their ideas in answering a challenge issued by the US Department of Agriculture, a team lead by UT was recently awarded a federal grant of more than $200,000. The project, “Storm Water Goes Green: Investigating the Benefit and Health of Urban Trees in Green Infrastructure Installations,” is a multidisciplinary effort coordinated with North Carolina State University to study the impact of trees on storm water management.

Leadership Summit on Sustainable Development Set for October 3

The Center for Sustainable Business and Development will host the 2013 Leadership Summit on Sustainable Quality of Life from 12:40 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, in the John C. Hodges Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. During the event, commissioners from state government will discuss sustainable transportation, agriculture, environment, and business development.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Jonathan Overly

Jonathan Overly, director for the East Tennessee Clean Fuel Coalition in the campus’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, had the idea to build the planet’s longest biofuels corridor. They began in 2009 and will complete the project this year.

WBIR-TV: Toxic Toy Recalls

Catherine Wilt, director of the Center for Clean Products at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, spoke with WBIR-TV’s Beth Haynes about her work developing standards to make toys healthier, safer and more environmentally-friendly.

ISSE under New Direction

The Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE) has a new leader. Chris Cox has been named director of ISSE, effective Monday, October 17. Cox is also professor and associate head in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

UT/ORNL Researchers to Participate in US State Department EcoPartnership

The U.S. Department of State has selected the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Purdue University as participants in one of six new US–China EcoPartnerships. The partnerships will spur collaboration among US and Chinese researchers and focus on sustainability issues in the two nations, including the environmental challenges posed by alternative energy development and climate change.

UT Team Develops iPhone App to Drive Tourism in Downtown Knoxville

Downtown Knoxville’s economy may see a boost thanks to a free iPhone application developed by UT researchers in collaboration with three local nonprofit organizations. Called the Beck Tour app, the mobile phone application features 14 historically and culturally significant sites in and around downtown Knoxville.

Roundtable Discussion to Conclude UT Programs on Water Issues

To conclude more than a week’s worth of programs on national and regional water issues, a roundtable discussion will be held Tuesday, Feb. 9, to discuss the future of water policy in the region. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, 1640 Cumberland Ave. It is free and open to the public.