IDEAS For Us | February 7, 2014

Hank Harding: Waste Specialist by Day, Operations Director by Night


Hello there, I am Henry K. Harding III or “Hank” for short. Presently, I work as the Waste Diversion Specialist for St Julien Hotel and Spa in Boulder, Colorado and am the Operations Director for the non-profit organization, IDEAS For Us.

I wanted to share with you all some of my own experiences in the hope that it will inspire you to pursue what you love.

Since December 2012, I have worked towards making the St Julien Hotel and Spa a Zero Waste facility, or 90% waste being diverted away from landfills. In order to even consider Zero Waste you need to use prompts to guide people to correct waste bin, standardize bins by color, build relationships with all hotel managers and associates, build relationships with local for-profit and non-profit businesses, and phase out unsustainable hotel products.

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If you practice persistence, passion, and patience you will succeed. Today, more than a year later, the hotel has achieved Zero Waste with an average landfill reduction of 2.1 tons per month and received the 2013 American Hotel and Lodging Association Award for Good Earth Keeping!


As the 2013-2014 Operations Director for IDEAS For Us, I have been tasked with keeping the focus, direction, and efficiency of our staff. I am working towards creating yearly staff assessments, staff surveys, finding IDEAS Leaders in the West, leading staff calls, and discovering funding opportunities.


IDEAS For Us has accomplished much throughout 2013! Together as staff we discovered our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats while forming goals and strategies to grow in a smart manner. We formed our own personal staff positions and objectives, created our mission and vision, built resources for IDEAS Chapter leaders, created our first flagship program the HIVE, launched our new website ‘IDEAS 3.0’, and most importantly came together as a sustainably driven team!


I am truly lucky to be able to work with great friends who share a similar passion and dream! This is for all of us, IDEAS For Us!

– Hank Harding
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