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Environmental Engineering

What is Environmental Engineering?

Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology, and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems. They are involved in efforts to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.

What do Environmental Engineers do?

Environmental engineers are concerned with local and worldwide environmental issues. They are involved in water and air pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, and public health issues. They conduct hazardous-waste management studies in which they evaluate the significance of the hazard, advise on treatment and containment, and develop regulations to prevent mishaps. They design municipal water supply and industrial wastewater treatment systems. They conduct research on the environmental impact of proposed construction projects, analyze scientific data, and perform quality-control checks. Environmental engineers do everything from designing the structure and irrigation for rooftop gardens, helping reduce building heating and cooling costs, helping refineries reduce their toxic gas emissions which contribute to acid rain and global warming. They also design an ocean-water desalination plant to help irrigate crops without harming marine life. They may also be involved in the protection of wildlife.

Most engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, or industrial plants. Others may spend time outdoors at construction sites, where they monitor or direct operations, or solve onsite problems. Some engineers travel extensively to plants or work sites, both here and abroad.



UConn School of Engineering Environmental Engineering


Bureau of Labor and Statistics- Environmental Engineering 

Science Buddies- Environmental Engineer