Andy Wirth has been a big part of Reno City for the past five or so years, ever since he took control of Squaw Valley Ski. As the owner of Squaw Valley Ski, Wirth has watched his business flourish all while bringing in tourists to the area and helping the industry flourish. After his appointment to the Reno City Airport Board it only made sense that Wirth would get more involved in the local government and how it effects the world around him. When the Reno City Council voted in support of the Clean Power Plan Wirth knew that he had to speak up and put his voice in the choir of support. Wirth put out an op-ed column in the Reno Journal-Gazetteto make this happen.
The Clean Power Plan was inevitably going to gain scrutiny for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is the general misunderstanding of climate change and carbon footprints. Wirth isn’t one of those business owners who finds himself on the short end of the stick of understanding. Instead, in his op-ed we saw Wirth deliver a passionate monologue on the importance of the Clean Power Plan because of the good it will not only bring the region, but the environment as well. Wirth said that the Reno City Council, when choosing to support the CPP, was helping to move society “towards clean energy” and he closed his statement by stating his applause for their actions.
Wirth says that times are changing and that a booming economy can be had for the residents of Reno City. Wirth pointed to the progress the city has already made for clean energy and he thanked the bigger companies out there for leading the way: Tesla, Microsoft, Apple. Wirth pointed out how important it was for the private sector to be involved in clean energy because it kept pressure on utility companies and the elected officials who need their support.
Squaw Valley Ski has been Wirth’s project for the past five years and he’ll continue to cultivate the company as he pushes for more involvement with the local government. Wirth was recently appointed to the Reno Airport Authority Board.