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Environmental engineers support the well-being of people and the planet in areas where the two intersect. Over the decades the field has improved countless lives through innovative systems for delivering water, treating waste, and preventing and remediating pollution in air, water, and soil. These achievements are a testament to the multidisciplinary, pragmatic, systems-oriented approach that characterizes environmental engineering.

Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges outlines the crucial role for environmental engineers in this period of dramatic growth and change. The report identifies five pressing challenges of the 21st century that environmental engineers are uniquely poised to help advance: sustainably supply food, water, and energy; curb climate change and adapt to its impacts; design a future without pollution and waste; create efficient, healthy, resilient cities; and foster informed decisions and actions.



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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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124 pages |  7.5 x 11 |  Ebook
ISBN: 978-0-309-47655-3



Release of Environmental Engineering for the 21st Century: Addressing Grand Challenges

Presentations from:• Dr. Domenico Grass, University of Michigan, Dearborn• Dr. Kimberly Jones, Howard University• Mr. Robert Perciasepe, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions• Dr. Julie Zimmerman, Yale University• Dr. Dan Greenbaum, Health Effects Institute • GC 5: Stephen Polasky, University of Minnesota • Brought to you by the Water Science and Technology Board at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The webinar is for informational purposes only and does not consititute an official statement of the NASEM. The statements and slides are those of the two webinar speakers and not an official statement or endorsement of the NASEM.

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