Andy Wirth, the president and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings wrote an Op-Ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal.. In it, he praises the Reno city council for supporting the Clean Power Plan.
Wirth argues that the CPP would help reduce the regional reliance on coal and provide new economic opportunities. With a sense of urgency, Wirth insists that the time is now to address environmental concerns while getting ahead of he curve in the growing clean energy economy. This new energy sector on the horizon is the reason that this award winning business leader is placing his bets on the CPP being a boost to the economy.
With Nevada housing abundant resources of solar and geothermal energy, Wirth sees the state in a unique position to get a head start on the competition and become a leader in the booming industry of tomorrow.
Conventional political wisdom usually pits the business community and environmental protection against each other. This adventurous CEO disagrees. He declares that this issue is apolitical. It’s unacceptable to have falling environmental quality and a reliance on coal energy when the region is rich with green energy alternatives. Wirth issues a call to government leaders and the business community to work together to take the lead.
This is no surprise coming from a man who has enjoyed and protected the outdoor environment throughout his adult life. The grandson of former US National Park Service Director Conrad Wirth, Andy Wirth is a former US Forest Service Firefighter with the Hot Shot Wild Land Fire Crew in New Mexico. He has also worked for the Rocky Mountain National Parks and San Pedro Wilderness Area as a backcountry ranger and wilderness ranger.
Wirth spends his leisure time outdoors as well. He runs marathons and triathlons when he isn’t hiking in the mountains. When he isn’t trekking through the wilderness on foot, he will rides horseback. Now, as President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, Wirth can invite people to enjoy the natural beauty that he appreciates. With his support of the CPP, he also invites them to protect it.