Civil Environmental Engineers work closely with other professionals who manage a variety of industrial and municipal processes and facilities that are designed to protect public and environmental health and maintain environmental aesthetics.
There are several different sub-designations within Civil Engineering, as this is a very broad and all-encompassing title. As a Civil Environmental Engineer, one may be involved in either one or several of these design processes:
Civil Engineers plan, design, develop and manage projects for the construction or repair of buildings, earth structures, powerhouses, roads, airports, railways, rapid transit facilities, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations and systems related to highway and transportation services, water distribution and sanitation. In an environmental role they are critically involved in regulatory procedures that review works and facilities to ensure they are complying with environmental policies and guidelines.
Environmental Engineering deals with the treatment of chemical, biological, and/or thermal waste, the purification of water and air, and the remediation of contaminated sites, due to prior waste disposal or accidental contamination. Among the topics covered by environmental engineering are pollutant transport, water purification, waste water treatment, air pollution, solid waste treatment and hazardous waste management. Environmental engineers can be involved with pollution reduction, green engineering, and industrial ecology. Environmental engineering also deals with the gathering of information on the environmental consequences of proposed actions and the assessment of effects of proposed actions for the purpose of assisting society and policy makers in the decision making process.
Factors that would distinguish a Civil Engineer in an environmental specification would be components like: designing safe solid waste transfer and disposal sites, water distribution and treatment systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems; designing waste-treatment and pollution-control plans; advising governments or companies of steps necessary to clean up sites and design cost-effective procedures for site remediation; monitoring sites and procedures to confirm that private and public operations are in compliance with environmental regulations. These are only a few examples.
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