The Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) contributes to its members’ professional success and the public welfare by providing leadership, advocacy, and applied research in environmental and engineering geology.
AEG's values are based on the belief that its members have a responsibility to assume stewardship over their fields of expertise. In support of serving an international network of environmental and engineering geologists devoted to excellence, AEG values:
- Upholding sound principles of scientific inquiry with respect to the study and evaluation of geologic processes, their impact on humans, and the human impact on Earth
- Encouraging and facilitating ongoing education and training as well as supporting members in their dedication to their work
- Building public appreciation for how environmental and engineering geology contribute to public safety and the protection of property
AEG is the acknowledged international leader in environmental and engineering geology, and is greatly respected for its stewardship of the profession. AEG offers information on environmental and engineering geology useful to practitioners, scientists, students, and the public. Other geosciences organizations recognize the value of using and sharing AEG's outstanding resources.
AEG leads the profession in its advocacy for:
- Professional Licensure
- Codes and Standards
as each affects the practice of applied geosciences.
AEG's administration assures representation for all its members. Its outstanding staff assists members with a wide range of services that enable them to be more effective in their professional lives. Staff regularly reviews and modifies these services to adapt to the membership’s changing needs. AEG’s membership continually grows. Members and students are attracted by the educational and networking opportunities and the quality services provided.
Environmental and engineering geology is a profession that requires scientific knowledge, experience, and good judgment to practice and that serves the public as well as private concerns. Environmental and engineering geologists have a professional responsibility to conduct themselves in a fair and honest manner and with a commitment to the highest ethical standards and quality of their work. This responsibility extends to the health, safety, and welfare of the public at large, to clients and employers, to colleagues, and to their profession. These Principles of Ethical Behavior are intended to serve as a model for a way of professional life. Because adherence to any statement of ethical behavior is recognized as a matter of personal choice, individual members should regard these Principles as a voluntary guide to their professional practice and conduct.
Responsibility to the Public Health, Safety, and Welfare
Environmental and engineering geologists have a responsibility to promote the public health, safety, and welfare by applying their specialized knowledge to mitigate geologic hazards and geologic constraints and impacts to the geologic and hydrologic environment. Environmental and engineering geologists should:
1.1 Uphold the trust held in them by the public.
1.2 Be willing to serve in public service positions where professional experience and judgment can benefit the public.
1.3 Disclose, when making any public statement, whether the statement is based mainly on fact or is an opinion.
1.4 Practice their profession in a legal and ethical manner, with due regard to the public health, safety, and welfare.
Responsibility to Clients and Employers
Environmental and engineering geologists have a responsibility to practice as faithful agents for clients and employers with loyalty that is consistent with legal obligations and ethical practice. Engineering geologists also have a responsibility to serve with honesty and integrity, and place priority on quality of service. Environmental and engineering geologists should:
2.1 Maintain undivided loyalty with the client or employer so far as is consistent with their obligations to the public.
2.2 Uphold the trust placed in them by the client or employer to practice with professional and fiscal responsibility.
2.3 Respect the confidential nature of the relationship that exists between environmental and engineering geologists and their clients or employers.
2.4 Promptly disclose to a prospective client or employer any existing or potential conflict of interest.
2.5 Avoid misrepresentations of their professional credentials and avoid false or misleading claims of their capabilities.
2.6 Accept only those assignments for which they are qualified.
2.7 Alert a client or employer when another professional’s expertise will be required for an assignment.
2.8 Express only those professional opinions that have a sound basis in fact or experience.
2.9 Bring to the attention of a client or employer such potential consequences of their work as may have significant impact on the public health, safety, and welfare or operational success of the subject project.
Responsibility to Colleagues
Environmental and engineering geologists have a responsibility to interact with honesty and integrity toward all colleagues. Environmental and engineering geologists should:
3.1 Show professional respect and courtesy toward colleagues.
3.2 Avoid plagiarism by giving credit to others for their work.
3.3 Be willing to share professional knowledge with others.
3.4 Disclose the reason they are seeking information from a colleague if the purpose is to consider a lawsuit or claim based upon the information they may receive.
Responsibility to the Profession
Environmental and engineering geologists, as the beneficiaries of accumulated scientific knowledge and experience, have a responsibility to advance the profession of environmental and engineering geology. Environmental and engineering geologists should:
4.1 Set a professional example for all colleagues.
4.2 Continue to upgrade their technical capabilities through education and participation in professional activities.
4.3 Encourage academic and professional development within the field of environmental and engineering geology.
4.4 Encourage qualified persons to enter the field of environmental and engineering geology.
Nothing in these Principles of Ethical Behavior prohibits commercial advertising, price competition, or solicitation in the sale of engineering geology services. Such advertising, price competition, or solicitation is not unethical, unprofessional, or contrary to any policy of AEG.