In a recent op-ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Wirth praised the Reno City Council for voting to support the Clean Power Plan, created by the US Environmental Protection Agency to reduce carbon emissions nationally.
“The topic of clean energy is apolitical,” said Worth, CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. “It’s about the fact that despite having access to some of the best solar and geothermal energy in the nation, we’re still burning coal for electricity at the Valmy coal plant.” He said that now is the time to ask the local and state elected officials to plan long-term, logically and rationally, ignoring the special interests. This would produce an economy that is healthy and vibrant, he said.
He noted that due to the drought, the continuing forest fires and our “carbon footprint” we are contributing to the poor air quality and to climate change. He added that the opportunity exists to “usher in clean energy while we welcome leading companies like Tesla, Microsoft and Apple.” Wirth says that these companies want clean energy as they improve the economy of the area with quality jobs.
Wirth and others in the business community, urge more politicians to follow suit. “I ask any elected officials – those in Congress and those in state government as well as local civic entities such as the forward-thinking City of Reno – to advance rapidly to maximum clean energy while we simultaneously advance a robust regional economy.”
Andy Wirth has been working to reduce the carbon footprint at his own resorts. He has phased out the use of coal and has added renewables.
He became CEO in August, 2010, after over 25 years in the business. In 1986, he started at Steamboat Springs in Colorado and worked his way up to Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President in 2007. In 2011, Squaw Valley merged with Alpine Meadows, and a combined ticket was offered to skiiers.
Andy Wirth is the recipient of many community awards and participates in various service organizations.