Environmental engineers assess and manage the effects of human and other activity on the natural and built environment. They apply their engineering knowledge and skills to such things as environmental impact assessment, natural resources management and pollution control. In the construction industry, they investigate and find solutions to the impact of construction materials and projects as they relate to drainage into oceans, rivers and wetlands; airborne emissions and noise issues.
As community expectations lead to more stringent legislation, more environmental engineers will be employed within the construction industry. Currently many positions are filled by civil, chemical and mechanical engineers who have undertaken extra, specialist studies.