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Aleksander Booker

Student, Athens Latino Center for Education and Services

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Environmental engineers: do they do more for the environment than help solve our waste/water problems?

I'm an aspiring environmental engineer, in that I hope to use engineering skills to address environmental problems while performing a social good (think building wells in Africa).

The environment is a huge field, but it seems that environmental engineers *only* work on water projects and waste management. When you look at the TED talks above, and the profiles of people working on what you might consider environmental projects (windmills, dams, green building, etc), those people tend to be architects and mechanical, agricultural, chemical and electrical engineers.

So my question is: is this all that environmental engineers can do? Is the profession misnamed, or are there environmental engineers who are working on more varied projects than waste management and water issues?

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    Mar 7 2013: It is a very important issue and wonderful.Because a lot of people do not give sufficient weight to the environment.

    The environment is the main source of life.
    For this there must be large-scale projects for the environment.

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