Clean Power Plan Supported By Andy Wirth


Squaw Valley Holdings has had a great owner in Andy Wirth since 2010 and it has become a destination in the Reno Tahoe region. Wirth has grown with the region, watching his company expand, thus making him somewhat of a vital figure. Not one to leave his beliefs by the door, Wirth quickly established himself as someone who speaks up for what he believes in and his eventual appointment to the Reno Tahoe Airport Board was just the icing on the cake. Now, in the Reno Gazette-Journal, Wirth got the opportunity to expound and proclaim his support of the Clean Power Plan.

When it comes to making a difference in local politics nothing matters more than making your voice heard, at least according to Andy Wirth. On the subject of clean power there is really no reason not to be vocal. Wirth advocated Reno-Tahoe locals to push their elected officials to support the Clean Power Plan, urging people all the way from the state government to Congress to come together and actually lead in an important way. Wirth called the CPP a “crux moment” in the countries push toward clean energy, making it very clear where his beliefs in climate change were aligned.

On the topic of climate change the facts are immutable, at least to Wirth. The Squaw Valley CEO cited the poor air breathing quality, the rampant forest fires, and the undeniable carbon footprint that their community leaves as reason to make change happen sooner than later. Wirth spoke of his disdain for dirty energy and of his faith in the clean energy movement. Many people think clean energy will come “late” but Wirth thinks that time time is “now, not at some distant point” off in the future. His words were ringing in both truth and sincerity and it is clear that his position is going to gain steam.

Andy Wirth has been in the region since 2010 when he took over the Squaw Ski Valley Holdings. Since then Squaw Valley has turned into one of the biggest tourist destinations in the area, a fact that should not be lost upon readers.

Andy Wirth Supports The Clean Air Act

In a recently published op-ed piece in the Reno Gazette-Journal Andy Wirth expressed his enthusiastic support of the Clean Air Act. Responding to the recent support for the act by the Reno City Council Wirth wrote of the burgeoning support for the act from both local businesses as well as the general public. He added that the economy is growing and the companies in the Reno area are keeping pressure on the utilities to continue with environmentally safe practices.

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.