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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.  


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.


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.


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