Environmental engineering is generally described as the application of scientific and engineering principles for protection of human populations from the effects of adverse environmental factors and the protection of the environment for potentially deleterious effects of natural and human activities. This provides quite the synergy in providing an overall improvement of environmental quality. The Engineering Department at Keystone Environmental pride themselves on considering environmental, social and economic factors, the three tenants of sustainability, when solving environmental problems for our clients.
In the past 30 years, the Engineering Department has grown from primarily designing in-situ remediation systems for contaminated sites, to assisting with landfill design and management, treatment plants design and operation, stormwater systems design, and air emissions. We have increasing focused on the asset management of existing systems including improving efficiencies via operational improvements, source segregation and upgrades with new and innovative technologies.
While many of our core projects are regulatory driven, we are seeing more and more public and private sector clients that want to go beyond the minimum requirements and become leaders in the protection of their workers, the environment and consequently, their brand. Companies are more aware than ever of the benefits to the bottom line from energy management, pollution control, recycling, waste disposal, water management and environmental sustainability.
With the boom on the construction industry in BC for industrial, commercial and public residences, we have been focused on identifying the hazards from prior industries that have affected the soil and groundwater in our province. Once identified, these contaminants need to be managed either on-site or at off-site facilities. Regardless, the engineering principles for treating or containing the contaminants are the same. The Engineering Department at Keystone Environmental has taken these techniques and applied them to sites across Canada.
Keystone Environmental professional engineering team brings to our clients expertise in wastewater, stormwater management, water supply, spill response and planning, fuel facility compliance, erosion and sediment control (ESC), NPRI and GHG compliance, as well as “special projects” engineering. Technically many projects seem similar on the surface but understanding client objectives, building relationships with clients and regulators and keeping the focus on the end game, whether the closure of sites or the consistent treatment of discharges are the keys to successful environmental engineering.