The Pros and Cons of Public Education

by Audrey P. Rodgers, Public Information Director, Wet Weather Program; East Bay Municipal Utility District, 2130 Adeline St., Box 24055, Oakland, CA 94623,
Randy Hildebrandt, Asst. City Mgr., Newport News, VA; 2400 Washington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 2, Pg. 75-77

Document Type: Feature article


Today, engineers work for a public that has lost faith in the government's ability to spend money efficiently and to contain pollutants effectively. Many engineers now see public education as an essential part of designs for new roads, treatment plants, sewer improvements, waste-to-energy facilities and landfills. Some people think that public education programs help proposed public works projects. Some people, however, think they hurt proposed public works projects. Article takes a look at both sides of the public education debate. Audrey Rodgers and Randy Hildebrandt recommend how public works engineers should conduct public education. Both authors relate public education to a specific public works project.

Subject Headings: Education | Highway and road design | Government | Pollutants | Building design | Sewers | Energy conversion | Public buildings

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