APEGBC Adds Environmental Division

This is good news, but still one of those, “What? Why wasn’t there one before!” moments…

The new Division of Environmental Professionals at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C. (APEGBC) has several goals listed in its terms of reference, including promoting professional development and high standards of practice in the field. The division will also “act on issues,” “promote awareness,” and “provide a mechanism to exchange and disseminate information among its members.

canadianconsultingengineer.com – Canadian Consulting Engineer – 7/7/2008

[ad#200-left]Depending on how it is set up, I will probably become a member of this division. It sounds like a great way for Engineers to learn about and respond to many of the challenges facing the environment today.

I do get a lot of questions from people confused about being a Civil Engineer who actually cares about the Environment. I know I’m not alone in this, but the perception out there is that Civil Engineers build roads, dams and bridges, and someone else looks after the environmental stuff.

As a Municipal Engineer in a small City, monitoring the environment is high on my list of daily priorities, and understanding the tension between traditional public works activities and environmental best practice can be a challenge when budgets and timelines are involved.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.