Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business

Tennessee Engineering Research Taking a Shot at Improving Solar Energy

SunShot might sound like the next wave of NASA missions, or perhaps even the latest weapon of a James Bond villain, but it's a U.S. Department of Energy research initiative that holds the potential to reshape the way we think about, gather and use solar energy.

The SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership recently awarded a $2.3 million, 36-month project to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Engineering and its collaborators.

Read more...

UT Showcasing EcoCAR 3 Team, 2016 Camaro

 

The EcoCAR 3 team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will have its 2016 Chevrolet Camaro on display prior to dismantling it for rebuilding as a hybrid vehicle. The EcoCAR 3 team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will display its 2016 Chevrolet Camaro prior to dismantling it for rebuilding as a hybrid vehicle.

EcoCAR is an annual nationwide competition that pits teams from universities across the United States against one another in a series of tests aimed at increasing environmentally friendly transportation and the public's awareness of those modes of transit.

Read more...

Environmental groups oppose delay in state lawsuit over coal ash leaking from TVA’s Gallatin power plant

Environmental groups oppose a motion to indefinitely delay a state lawsuit against TVA over decades of toxic coal ash pollution from its Gallatin power plant along the Cumberland River upstream of Nashville, TN.  

Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on behalf of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA) and the Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), filed opposition to the agreed temporary injunction between the state of Tennessee and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which calls for a duplicative study of the well-documented coal ash pollution and would allow for unlimited delay in halting the ongoing contamination of groundwater and the Cumberland River.  

Read more...

Campaign Delivers 150,000 Petition Signatures to Dollar General Calling for Nontoxic Products, But Executives Will Not Commit to Protecting Their Customers by Taking Toxics Off Their Shelves

 

Despite Independent Testing Which Shows Threat to Consumers from Toxic Chemicals Found in Dollar General Products, Executives Commit To Doing What's Legal but Not What's Safe

Today, consumers and families concerned about toxic chemicals found in products sold by the discount retail chain 'Dollar General' held a demonstration and delivered 150,000 petition signatures urging the chain to take action and protect its customers. Corporate officials from Dollar General accepted the petition signatures, but would not respond to the campaign's request that they work with suppliers to phase-out toxic chemicals from their products or even to a meeting campaign representatives to discuss just and equitable corporate chemicals policies to protect their customers and their families.

Read more...

UT Study Finds China's Newfound Mobility Increasingly Reliant on E-Bikes

China has long had the highest population of any country in the world, but its recent economic boom has presented it with a number of problems, especially transportation and air quality.

Researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, have been studying the use of e-bikes in China, and their new findings shed light on the demographic and geographic use of the new technology.

Read more...

Did Dust Bowl's Ravages End in the 1940s? New Study Says No

 

This iconic photo taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and now in the public domain shows a farm in Dallas, South Dakota on May 13, 1936 after a A recent study led by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Goodrich Chair of Excellence Thanos Papanicolaou could very well change the way we view the health of our nation's soil, even potentially altering history books.
 
The paper, soon-to-be published in the Journal of Geophysical Research—Biogeosciences, focuses on modeling carbon budgets in agricultural areas.

Read more...

GASCar 500