Chris Vild

Work History I started my public service career with the City of Beachwood working there 12 years before taking a position as Service Director at the City of University Heights. I worked for the City of University Heights for 18 years until I lost my job due to a change in Administration. I went back…

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Work History
I started my public service career with the City of Beachwood working there 12 years before taking a
position as Service Director at the City of University Heights. I worked for the City of University Heights
for 18 years until I lost my job due to a change in Administration. I went back to the City of Beachwood
where I am currently employed as Environmental Manager in the Service Department. Presently I
manage refuse collection, recycling, urban forestry and storm water.
Environmental History
I grew up in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland near Garfield Heights (Mill Creek Watershed).
My love of nature/environment stems from the countless hours of my youth spent playing in Garfield
Park, the Cleveland State Hospital property which was at the end of my street and the area around Mill
Creek Falls. It was like we had our own private park system that only people in the neighborhood knew
about.
I cut my environmental activism teeth with the Tinker’s Creek Land Conservancy when I lived in
Twinsburg. With the help of Harry Stark who worked at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Bill
Zawiski from the Ohio EPA we founded the Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners. The City of Beachwood is
the watershed divide on the eastside of Cleveland we are in six different watersheds, Tinker’s Creek
being one of them. I am active in three out of the six watersheds serving in various capacities.
In my spare time I enjoy hanging out in University Circle at the various museums which I am a member
of most. I also enjoy hiking, running and riding my bike. My latest project which I started last year is
growing trees from seed for the purpose of giving them away to good homes, my small part to combat
climate change.
Past Environmental Activism
Vice President – Tinker’s Creek Land Conservancy
Co-Founder – Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners
Co-Founder – Friends of Dugway Brook
Chairman – Northeast Ohio Watershed Council
Chairman – Greater Cleveland Ecology Association
Present Environmental & Professional Affiliations
Chariman – Euclid Creek Watershed Council
Vice-Chairman – Friends of Euclid Creek
Steering Committee Member – Mill Creek Watershed Partnership
Certified Arborist – International Society of Arboriculture