NEWS + EVENTS
ONLINE/VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Monday, April 12, 2021
10:00 A.M. - Noon
Gardeners - The Greatest Recyclers on Earth!
with Kreigh Hampel
Kreigh Hampel served as Burbank’s Recycling Coordinator for 17 years and has been involved with recycling programs for 45 years. His recycling roots began in 1974 at the Sunnyside Recycling Center in Portland Oregon, a volunteer-run drop off site for paper, cans, and bottles. The site included an organic garden shared by neighbors who inspired Kreigh to become a master gardener, a guide at Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum, and a professional landscaper for residential and commercial properties.
Landscaping introduced Kreigh to water designs, native plants, and carpentry. His combined experiences allowed him to design community improvement programs through the North Portland Youth Service Center where young adults developed job skills while building and operating neighborhood recycling sites.
Kreigh is a graduate of the UCLA Municipal Waste Management Program. His college studies originally targeted engineering but he later turned to literature, journalism, music, and wooden boatbuilding. He worked as an artisan building furniture, boats, film props, educational displays, recycled art, and the iconic California Lottery Wheels. He also sang telegrams.
Kreigh helped shape Burbank’s Sustainability, Zero Waste, and Plastic Reduction Plan, then carry those messages to local schools, service groups, clubs, scouts, and international delegations. He has been a guest lecturer at Pasadena Art Center, UCLA, Otis School of Design, CSUN, Cal State, and many other colleges. He has presented at conferences and appeared in media stories on waste reduction.
As an independent contractor, Kreigh worked with southern California cities and counties on compost trainings, solar energy education, toxics reduction, and art festival programs. He has built a number of educational displays for recycling, toxics, composting, reducing school lunch waste, and solar education.
While working with TreePeople he trained conservation corps staff, coordinated campus tree plantings, led hundreds of recycling presentations and park tours.
Kreigh lives in Burbank with his singing wife Marta and their growling dog unit Roxie. Their son Alder and daughter-in-law Jean run a martial arts/jujitsu studio that they are anxious to reopen.
Kreigh’s enthusiasm for soil health, nutrient cycles, microbiology, and diverse biological systems are undeniable. He draws on the principles of simplicity, the power of diversity, and the elegance of natural systems to advance health and well-being. Kreigh's presentation will include slides.
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