Wirth also pointed out that the move wasn’t just about supporting the Clean Air Act, it was also a step towards improving the air quality of the Reno area. He mentioned the irony of living in a country that has the best resources for alternative energy while using a coal burning electric plant in the nearby area. Microsoft, Tesla, and Apple are all moving into the area and preparing to energize the economy. Wirth stated they have made it clear that air quality and clean energy is a primary concern of theirs.
Wirth issues a challenge to the region’s state and federal officials to also support the Clean Air Act. He emphatically makes the point that it’s as much about the economic health of the region as much as for the physical health of the individuals living and working in the area.
Andy Wirth is the the current Chairman of the Board of the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees and the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. A former wilderness ranger and Hot Shot fire crew member, Andy has been committed to the outdoors and environment his whole life. He entered the hotel and mountain resort industry over 25 years ago and has been a leading voice for the industry and conservation.
In 2013 he was involved in a near fatal skydiving accident that severed his right arm. He was airlifted to the UC Davis medical trauma center where his arm was successfully reattached. He has been recognized for his involvement in numerous philanthropic organizations including his own “Wounded Warrior Support”, an organization that supports Navy SEALs.