The Greener Dig Pilot Project, Dalhousie University Eco-Efficiency Centre

Case Study: The Greener Dig Pilot Project, Dalhousie University Eco-Efficiency Centre


Project Description: As an independent contractor engaged in heavy civil construction throughout Halifax Regional Municipality for many years, Paul Behner developed an environmental stewardship program called the Greener Dig. After the successful completion of the Dartmouth Crossing project, Paul identified best practices aimed at higher environmental standards.

The Greener Dig program created a benchmark for managing natural resources during the land preparation stages of construction projects. By introducing innovative practices that promote waste diversion and recycling at source, significant gains in carbon footprint reduction were realized. The initiative not only reduced landfill waste associated with ongoing development projects, casino online but also opened opportunity for nutrient rich soil and organic materials to be processed into beneficial resources for other markets.

Recognizing the economic and environmental value of the natural resources discarded from construction sites (trees, stumps, roots, topsoil, loam, cobbles, boulders, rocky soils etc.) the Greener Dig focused on at-source processing. The holistic approach replaced the practice of dig, haul, dump with the new habit of sort, select, process while under construction.

The Greener Dig pilot project achieved significant eco-efficiency results eliminating 170,000 kilometres of truck traffic from HRM streets and preventing the emission of over 200 tonnes of greenhouse gases. The pilot project results were independently audited and the results were case studied by research students at Dalhousie University on behalf of their Eco-Efficiency Centre[1].

In 2008, the NS Department of Environment and Labour, on behalf of the Eco-Efficiency Centre presented Paul with the Environmental Excellence in Business for championing green practices. This was the first time a construction company had received the award in the history of the centre.


[1] The mandate of the EEC is to work with partners to build a competitive economy that is sustainable for future generations. It promotes responsible stewardship of resources, ecologically inspired design of products and processes, technologies that are ecologically and economically efficient and solutions that are innovative and environmentally adaptable.

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