The City of Reno just has gained an outspoken voice rallying for environmental change. Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squawk Valley Ski Holdings is leading the charge to pass the Clean Power Plan bill for the City of Reno. And it looks like a successful campaign as the The Reno-Gazette Journal announced city council voted to support the bill along with welcome cooperation from the private sector. Andy Wirth notes that times have changed. The area’s clean energy economy is thriving through support of companies that are willing to transition to alternative forms of clean and sustainable energy; while at the same time keeping the pressure on utilities to follow suit.
Not one to mince words, Wirth points out that the Valmy coal plant is still burning coal for electricity. An Environment Nevada report estimated that the “North Valmy Power Plant in Humboldt County emits 5690.5 tons of smog-forming pollution every year—the most in Nevada…” Research has proven that high levels of smog pollution affects the lung capacity of children and will damage lung tissue of adults over time. Smog pollution also reduces yield for crops that are native to the Nevada region.
What Mr. Andy Wirth explains is, the City of Reno is in a crucial moment in time to effect real change in clean air standards and sees this as an opportunity to go beyond staying within federal guidelines and pushing to a national leadership role. By not giving in to special interests groups and developing logical, long term solutions, a healthy and vibrant economy and air standard can be maintained.
Not one to turn away from a challenge, Wirth has successfully merged Squawk Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts under one roof creating one of the most successful ski vacation adventure destinations in California. An avid sky diver, Wirth’s right arm was torn off in a near fatal diving incident, but his calm thinking and resilient spirit carried him through.
A recipient of numerous community service and professional awards, Wirth is a dedicated familiy man and a major contributor and supporter of many environmental and community service organizations. In his new role,taking on the Clean Power Plan bill as a key step in the right direction for Reno, Andy Wirth continues to exhibit strength and determination in face of unsurmountable odds.