Since the onset of chlorination for municipal drinking water treatment more than a century ago, professionals in environmental engineering and science have worked in the service of public health through the promotion of responsible practices for the removal of air and water pollutants and for the proper disposal of landfill wastes. The dramatic improvements achieved in sanitation, clean water, and air quality over the twentieth century can be attributed to research advancements and practical innovations brought about by environmental engineers and scientists.
Notwithstanding these considerable achievements, in contemporary society, the developing world still trails its developed counterpart in access to potable water and clean air, while often bearing a disproportionate share of the environmental consequences of global climate change. Post-industrial nations, meanwhile, are confronted with the challenge of restoring aging infrastructures and brownfields in deteriorated urban areas.
Advancement of healthy communities, therefore, requires that modern practitioners of environmental engineering and science address not only principal issues of pollution sources and remediation strategies, but larger, systems-scale considerations of technology and policy solutions for new or refurbished infrastructures that deliver water, energy, transportation, and other essential needs to their communities.
The 2017 AEESP Research and Education Conference will provide a forum to highlight accomplishments and to present emerging strategies for Advancing Healthy Communities. Environmental engineers and scientists are invited to join the conference and participate in the discussion of ideas and innovations on this topic at the forefront of the environmental profession.
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