Andy Wirth has long been a proponent of taking care of nature, looking out for local business, and inspiring change in important ways. Now the Squaw Valley CEO is getting a chance to actually manufacture some real change in the Reno region. As a member of the Reno Airport Authority Board, and a prominent voice around the Reno City Council, Wirth took a moment to release an op-ed through the Reno Gazette-Journal regarding the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan, like much regarding climate change and the effect that humans have played, has been a divisive subject in Reno. However, Wirth made it very clear where his loyalties lay and why he supports the movement.
In an impassioned plea to readers, Andy Wirth spoke of how the Clean Power Plan could be a chance for the region to lead the way in environmentally friendly energy consumption. Wirth pointed to the poor air quality of the Reno region, the forest fires eating up the countryside, and the proximity of coal burning plants and he used that to launch into a chance for change. The Clean Power Plan, according to Wirth, gives the Reno City Council a way to make a real change for the positive of the environment. Wirth pointed to the CPP as an opportunity for the region to become a 21st Century example of change in the face of dramatic climate change.
Wirth went on to say that many of the largest companies in the world, like Apple and Microsoft, were beginning to seriously focus on minimizing their carbon footprint while pursuing clean energy opportunities. Wirth said that the Clean Power plan was “apolitical” and something that could help benefit the environment and their economy. He spoke of how the change to clean energy could bring in jobs while securing a healthier future.
Andy Wirth has been in the news often for his activities out in nature. He survived a deadly skydiving accident, nearly losing his arm in the process, and was back working for Squaw Valley within months. He’s a nature activist and a sharp business entrepreneur.