When it comes to the fields of engineering and sustainability, admit it --- you have preconceived notions about what those engineers look like. You're picturing someone with long hair and sandals playing hackey sack after finishing a vegan lunch. It's OK. Most of us picture the same thing. But the fact is, many engineers are in fields that work closely with sustainability engineering and may not even realize it. This field simply focuses on using energy and natural resources at a sustainable rate, which means engineering that tries to find new solutions for commonly used natural resources. So, are you a sustainability engineer? Read on to find out (and don't worry if you are --- you’re appreciated and needed!).
Of course, it's your job to design beautiful buildings and natural landscapes, but some of the hottest new technology in this field is greener than the grass in spring. Also, more and more new buildings are being LEED certified to appeal to potential tenants willing to pay a little extra to live or work in an eco-friendly space.
Sure, you're thinking about the Prius right off the bat, but there are so many other facets to transportation that have an impact on our environment. If you've helped design highways, public transportation systems or rail systems, you've had a hand in sustainability engineering. Firms that help design surface transportation can have a real impact on our ecosystems, from creating HOV lanes to biodiesel buses.
Water Supply Engineering
Believe it or not, the water we drink every day is limited. Many firms are heavily invested in finding new innovations to keep our drinking water clean. While you may not initially think of this as sustainability engineering, it's probably one of the most important facets of sustainability because, without potable drinking water, Earth's population is not likely to survive.
This field is pretty obvious when it comes to sustainability engineering. Researching new forms of energy, including wind and solar, are hot topics in most forums and conferences on energy. Finding unending alternatives to our limited supply of oil is important for the future of the planet, and it extends from individual homes to corporate sustainability. If you're looking for an alternative to gas-powered anything, you are definitely a sustainability engineer.