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UT-Led Research Benefiting Alternate Fuels, Materials


As interest in biofuels has surged in recent years, the question about how to best handle lignin—a material found in the cell walls of plants that is a byproduct of biofuel production—has become a primary concern. 
Thanks to ongoing research being led in part by Art Ragauskas, University of Tennessee, Knoxville–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chair for Biorefining, an answer to that problem could be on the horizon. 


SFI Receives Land Stewardship Award from National Wild Turkey Federation


Paul Trianosky, SFI's Chief Conservation Officer, accepts the Land Stewardship AwardThe National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) presented the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) with its Land Stewardship Award during the 40th annual NWTF National Convention and Sport Show in Nashville, Tennessee. SFI was chosen for its commitment to conservation, promoting responsible forest management for the benefit of the nation's forests and wildlife, and for partnering to support the NWTF's important work. 


USDA Awards $2 Million for Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Research


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded $2 million in grants to support research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Utah State University. The funding will help create two additional Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE), established through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP).


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.


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.


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.  


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