As a major supporter and contributor to environmental and community service organizations, including the Humane Society of Tahoe Truckee, The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation Community House, High Fives and others, Andy Wirth spoke about his views on the Clean Power plan in a recent op-ed for the Reno Gazette-Journal. He states how it is important to act now and not wait until some distant point in the future. Furthermore, he holds the view that the subject of clean energy is apolitical, and that it is on us to change how we treat our surroundings. Despite the fact that the region has access to some of the best solar and geothermal energy in the nation, coal is still being used to make electricity at the Valmy coal plant.
Andy Wirth is well-known for his work at mountain resort and hotel industry. He is currently the President and CEO of Squaw Valley Ski Holdings, which is the parent company of Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley ski resorts in Olympic Valley, CA. But most notably, he is known for all the work he has done for the community and his fight for clean energy sources. This actually led him to be a recipient of multiple community service and professional awards.
In 2012, Wirth was awarded the Chairman’s Outstanding Service Award from the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board of Trustees. In 2009, he was granted a spot on the HSMAI’S Top 25 Minds in Hospitality and Travel Sales and Marketing list. Later in 2014, he was named Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA and received the Community Five Award.
This is how it begins: region by region, state by state. The process of change is long and hard, and people like Andy Wirth are very important to the cause. In fact, we need more people like him: people who are successful at what they do but also fight for their community and try to improve the world we live in.