Keith Howard Sets Vision as HDR's New Florida Solid Waste Program Lead

Keith Howard

Keith Howard has joined HDR as the Florida solid waste program lead based in Sarasota. Howard’s responsibilities will include leading the activities of the Florida solid waste team of professional engineers and scientists, and managing projects or technical execution/quality control for waste clients.

A recognized leader in the Florida solid waste market, Howard brings a unique mix of experience both as a public agency lead and a consultant. Most recently, Howard was the director of Lee County's solid waste division, where he led a $70-million-plus operation. Over the course of 12 years he managed a long-term planning effort, as well as development of landfill cell expansions, a construction and demolition recycling facility, a material recovery facility, a composting facility and a waste-to-energy facility.

Additionally, he’s overseen multiple franchise collections contracts, and was the primary author of Lee County’s Mandatory Business Recycling Ordinance. His early career was built upon experience as a consulting engineer involved with landfill and landfill gas system design, permitting and development.

“While the state continues to recover from Hurricane Irma, the solid waste needs in Florida continue to grow and we’ll be poised to assist with designs and implementation of responsible management strategies for this growth," Howard said. "I’m excited to have access to experts in Florida and around the globe to assist with project development."

A registered engineer, Howard holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He’s the vice president of the Solid Waste Association of North America’s Florida chapter.