Earth and Environmental Engineering at the Henry Krumb School of Mines fosters excellence in education and research for the development and application of science and technology to maximize the quality of life for all, through the sustainable use and resposible management of Earth's resources.

Engineering Solutions for a Sustainable Planet

The sustainability of human society on Earth is likely to be one of the dominant challenges of the 21st century. Continued population growth, coupled with urbanization and industrialization throughout the globe, has resulted in rapid consumption of our natural resources, extensive waste production, environmental degradation, threats to human health, and climate change. Much has been said about these problems, but thus far not enough has been done. Needed are better engineering solutions for a sustainable planet.

The Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (EEE) strives to develop effective solutions to these complex and multidisciplinary problems, reconciling a deep concern for the environment with the needs of our global industrialized society. Our central theme is the conscientious stewardship of our finite natural resources: minerals, fuels, energy, water, and land. EEE maintains the Henry Krumb School of Mines’ longstanding tradition of responsibly providing essential materials to society, while pioneering important new environmental initiatives. Both the reseach and educational components of EEE are organized into three broad themes:

  • Water resources and climate risks
  • Sustainable energy
  • Sustainable materials and mining


Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering
Columbia University
500 West 120th Street
918 S. W. Mudd Hall, Mail Code 4711
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-854-2905
Fax: 212-854-7081
Email: eee-coord@columbia.edu