The College of Engineering - Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineers solve environmental problems. Obviously, as humankind depends on the environment for its very existence, this is important work. For example, Environmental Engineers design facilities and manage projects that:
- Provide clean water for drinking, irrigation, and manufacturing.
- Treat municipal and industrial wastewaters before release to the environment to keep waterways fishable, swimamble, and disease-free.
- Restore contaminated sites so that they can be used again without undue health risks.
- Ensure that our air is safe to breath.
- Safely manage our current municipal and industrial solid wastes (hazardous and non-hazardous).
- Evaluate the environmental impact of large projects (for example, dams or roads).
Environmental Engineers work in a variety of situations, managing and preventing environmental impacts. For example, they work for specific industries, as consultants, and for governments:
- For industry, designing treatment systems for facilities, managing outside consultants, and working with government regulators and permitters.
- For consulting firms, completing projects for industrial and government clients.
- For government, assisting, permitting and regulating industries, farmers, etc.
Check out Prof. Everett's blog on "Sustainable Living in South Jersey".