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ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment April 19, 2006 OUTLINE Associated Staff and Faculty (Some) Context Research Agenda Illustrative Projects Sources of Funding Commitment to Collaboration Brief Comments by Associated Staff and Faculty

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environmental sustainability

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment

April 19, 2006

outline
OUTLINE
  • Associated Staff and Faculty (Some)
  • Context
  • Research Agenda
  • Illustrative Projects
  • Sources of Funding
  • Commitment to Collaboration
  • Brief Comments by Associated Staff and Faculty
associated staff and faculty some
ASSOCIATED STAFF AND FACULTY (SOME)
  • Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies
    • Jack Geibig (Acting Director), Catherine Wilt
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
    • Don Huisingh (Editor-in-Chief)
  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
    • Jonathan Overly, Executive Director
  • Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere (SAMAB)
    • Susan Schexnayder, Program Manager
  • Community Partnership Center
    • Tim Ezzell (Director), Eric Ogle
  • Sustainable Development Interest Group
    • Ed Jepson (Political Science)
  • Theme Leader and Other Researchers
    • Bruce Tonn (Political Science), Jean Peretz (Senior Staff Researcher)
context
CONTEXT
  • Prospect that current and forecasted human behaviors and lifestyles are not sustainable
  • Issues include:
    • Depletion of non-renewable resources (e.g., energy, metals)
    • Degradation of agricultural land
    • Depletion of fresh water supplies
    • Massive species extinction
    • Global climate change
    • Waste disposal (e.g., nuclear wastes)
research agenda
RESEARCH AGENDA
  • Fortunately (or unfortunately), research topics are plentiful and may include:
    • Reduction in materials consumption
    • Improvement of recycling technologies and policies
    • Sustainable development
    • Implementation of sustainability into the built, regional environment: for example, expanding alternative fuels use
    • Redesigning the built environment
    • Long-term, integrated planning and futures research
    • Environmental scanning
    • Technology assessment
    • Evaluation of programs and projects that promote environmental sustainability
illustrative projects
ILLUSTRATIVE PROJECTS
  • Conduct life-cycle assessments associated with the electronics industry
  • Evaluate products to better inform consumer choice
  • Explore opportunities for regional sustainable economic development
  • Assess impacts of land use changes on future air quality
  • Assist communities make sustainable development decisions and in implementing sustainable choices
  • Conduct environmental scanning to address the impacts of new technologies on the environment
sources of funding current and future
SOURCES OF FUNDING (current and future)
  • US EPA
  • TDEC, TDOT, State Energy Office
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Foundations
  • Other federal agencies (e.g., USDA, NPS, DOE, DOT, NSF, FHWA)
  • Private sector
commitment to collaboration
COMMITMENT TO COLLABORATION
  • UT Faculty – proposal development, project participation
  • UT Students – research assistantships, independent study, project participation
  • Across ISSE – interdisciplinary, ‘grand challenge projects’ and small, ad hoc projects
  • Community – e.g., economically disadvantaged rural counties, city and county governments, regional business and industry, educational institutions
  • ORNL – facilitate collaboration among researchers
  • International – staff exchanges, visiting positions, participation in important fora
contact information
CONTACT INFORMATION
  • Bruce Tonn: btonn@utk.edu, 865-974-7041
  • Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies
    • Jack Geibig: jgeibig@utk.edu, 865-974- 6513
    • Catherine Wilt: catwilt@utk.edu, 865-974-1915
    • http://www.cleanproducts.org
  • Journal of Cleaner Production
    • Don Huisingh: dhuising@utk.edu, 865-974-3379
    • http://www.environmental-center.com/magazine/elsevier/jclepro/
  • East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition
    • Jonathan Overly: jgoverly@utk.edu, 865-974-3625
    • http://www.etcfc.org
  • Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere
    • Susan Schexnayder: schexnayder@utk.edu, 865-974-5912
    • http://www.samab.org
  • Community Partnership Center
    • Tim Ezzell: tezzell@utk.edu, 865-974-9036
    • Eric Ogle: eogle@tennessee.edu, 865-748-1517
    • http://sunsite.utk.edu/cpc/
  • Sustainable Development Interest Group
    • Ed Jepson: ejepson@utk.edu, 865-974-7042
  • Jean Peretz: speretz@utk.edu, 865-974-3803