Clean Power Now – An Op-Ed By Andy Wirth

At this point in our history, we find ourselves staring in the face of an unavoidable issue. The issue of climate change. In this op-ed by Andy Wirth, published in September 2015 by the Reno Gazette-Journal, the author speaks to the desperate nature of the situation and our responsibility to get it right now before it is too late.
The article is centered around the recent vote of the Reno, Nevada city council to support the Clean Power Plan. This plan is a regional conglomerate of companies, corporations, and government entities focused on bringing clean and green initiatives and practices to the local utilities market. Wirth stresses the importance of sacrificing short-term gain for long-term quality of life, in regards to the continued use of coal power in the region supported primarily by profit. Wirth continues to urge readers to accept that the air-quality is unacceptable and the overall well-being of the environmental community is already suffering and there is no time to waste in correcting the problems. He also points out that making the right choices now will not only ensure the health of our environment in the long-term, but also will improve the economic outlook as well. The urgent passion for the protection of our environment shown by Andy Wirth is the catalyst for the kind of real change needed to restore hope for the future.
Andy Wirth is the CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings in Olympic Valley California. He is an avid philanthropist and environmentalist in the Lake Tahoe area with a passion for preserving the landscapes he has worked so hard to protect. Wirth has taken his professional success and zeal and applied it directly to the cause of keeping our environment safe for future generations. Andy Wirth has also received several awards for his work in the community as well as the strength and leadership he has shown in all of his endeavours. In 2013, Andy Wirth’s arm was severed in a skydiving accident, but was able to be surgically re-attached. He has continued to work tirelessly for the cause of a better tomorrow.

In His Op-Ed Piece, Andy Wirth Welcomes Clean Energy To Reno

In late August of 2015 the City Council of Reno, Nevada voted unanimously to adopt a measure to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. The plan promises to put a priority on cleaner, renewable energy sources for the city in the future.

In the following week the Reno Gazette-Journal published an Op-Ed piece by Andy Wirth praising the City Council for ushering the city of Reno into the future of clean, renewable energy. The Op-Ed can be viewed here: Clean Power a good move for environment, economy.

Mr. Wirth’s Op-Ed suggests that the measure shows that Reno is leading the way into a future of clean, renewable energy sources and practices. Mr. Wirth states that it is time to begin pressuring our elected officials to stop relying on old, dirty, energy sources like coal and move on to more efficient and renewable ones.

Wirth’s Op-Ed also brings up the economical boost the new clean energy initiatives will bring to the area while also lowering the carbon footprint of Reno. He states that less dependence on coal and oil will have a positive effect on the quality of air in the region as well.

Mr. Wirth is a resident of Lodi, California and is the President and CEO of the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Ski Resorts in California. He sits on the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Directors, the Executive Committee of the California Ski Association and the Lake Tahoe Winter Olympics Committee where he is the President and Chairman.

Andy Wirth has won or has been recognized for numerous awards for community service and professional performance. The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees awarded him with the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award in 2012. While working in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 2002 he was named Business Leader of the Year.

Andy Wirth: A Successful CEO and Survivor

The recent influx of rain very much benefits the upcoming ski season. The rains gives a much needed boost to snow making and it is a vital ingredient in order to have enough snow for a season. The rain helps recharge ground water, which is beneficial because when it is low, it can hurt the effectiveness of snowmaking ponds,as well as aquifers. Snow is able to be produced as early as next month.

One person who this particularly benefits is Andy Wirth, who is the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings. This is the parent company of both Squaw Valley as well as Alpine Meadows ski resorts, both in Olympic Valley, CA. Andy was recently interviewed about the how the lack of rain will affect his ski resort this winter, but with increasing rains lately, he is in better luck than he thought.

Wirth became the President and CEO of the ski resort in Squaw Valley in 2010. He replaced the former CEO, Nancy Cushing, who was a member of a family who had run the resort since the 1940s.

When Andy Wirth took over as CEO, the company upgraded its facilities to the tune of $70 million. Wirth majorly improved the mountain design and the infrastructure. He also made positive renovations to the culinary facilities, the cabins in the base area, lodging areas, and common areas where all guests can come together to socialize. Some non-tangible things were also renovated for improvement. Customer service was improved, bringing this ski resort into the top 20% for customer satisfaction when it comes to service.

In 2011, Wirth decided to combine his two nearby ski resorts, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Squaw Valley. They then offered a combined ticket pass to all skiers. Because Wirth conducted the acquisition of Alpine Meadows, he is now the President and CEO of each resort.

Wirth is also well known for being an active skydiver who survived a brutal accident in 2013. Wirth experienced a fall during a skydive which resulted in his right arm being torn off. This fall was due to changing wind conditions, among other unfortunate factors. His arm was surgically reattached. While waiting for help, Wirth was able to slow the bleeding of his arm until help arrived and he was airlifted to the Davis Trauma Center at the University of California. Wirth returned to his passion of his ski resorts after just shy of two months in the hospital and after going through 23 surgeries on his arm.