Environmental Engineering

Published: | Updated: August 21, 2017

Definition - What does Environmental Engineering mean?

Environmental engineering is a branch of engineering that concerns itself with protecting people from the effects of negative environmental effects, including pollution. It is also concerned with improving environmental quality. The work of an environmental engineer includes improving the quality of recycling, waste disposal, public health and water and air pollution control. Environmental engineers make use of the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry in order to create solutions to the many environmental problems facing mankind.

Safeopedia explains Environmental Engineering

A key responsibility of environmental engineering is to work to prevent the release of harmful chemical and biological contaminants in the air, water and soil. In order to accomplish this, environmental engineers need to be well versed in chemistry and biology. Another key function of environmental engineers is the detection of pollutants and the tracking of them back to their source. They then work with businesses to find ways to reduce pollutants.

This definition was written in the context of Environmental, Health, and Safety
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