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TVA Board Member: Manufacturers Will Benefit from Clean Power Plan

While the issue of clean energy was just one of the myriad of topics discussed at last night's presidential debate, a new study finds that it should be top of mind for big business in the state. Specifically, researchers found that manufacturers will see significant savings over time as the president's Clean Power Plan is implemented.

Dr. Marilyn Brown, a Tennessee Valley Authority Board member, and the study's author said, "Industry is the one sector of the economy that uses the most fossil fuels directly on site so the pollution consequences of large-scale growth of industry is more concerning than large-scale growth of say household consumption."


Installation of Solar Panels Complete Atop Future IKEA Memphis; Will Be Tennessee’s Largest Rooftop Array When Store Opens

IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, announced that solar panel installation is complete atop its Memphis store opening late Fall 2016.IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, announced that solar panel installation is complete atop its Memphis store opening late Fall 2016. Once commissioned, the project will be the largest solar rooftop array in Tennessee.

The store’s 250,675-square-foot solar array consists of a 1.46 MW system, built with 4,424 panels that will produce approximately 2,000,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent of reducing 1,406 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) – equal to the emissions of 297 cars or providing electricity for 205 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at

Image courtesy of IKEA


Vanderbilt Law School Student Wins Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Megan McLean, a third-year student at Vanderbilt Law School, has been named the winner of the Environmental Law Institute’s 2015–2016 Beveridge & Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. Ms. McLean will receive a $2000 award, a one-year membership to ELI, and publication of her article in the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR®), ELI’s flagship journal and the most often-cited law review covering environmental and natural resource issues.


NSF Funds UT Engineering Look at Stormwater Adaptation, STEM Education

The growing reputation of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Engineering as a center for environmental research got a big boost recently thanks to the National Science Foundation.

The NSF's Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation announced backing for a UT-led project to identify techniques for more sustainably managing stormwater runoff in urban areas.


UT, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Release New Biodiversity Web Application


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and School of Art have partnered with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Inventory and Monitoring Branch to create a new web application, Species Mapper.
Everyone from park managers to school groups can use Species Mapper to explore suitable habitats for species for more than 1,800 species.


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