Andy Wirth is Fighting Local and Global Infrastructure to Change Environmental Policies


It seems like the air, land and water are all under attack from big businesses that make huge profits at the expense of leaving a devastating carbon footprint on the planet.

We live in a world where exposure to thousands of pollutants are loosely regulated and where corporations have an unofficial license to act recklessly despite the environmental impact on people, natural resources, wildlife, oceans and ecosystems. As global citizens, we have a right to have access to clean water and clean air, and government regulators should act as guardians to protect the environment from corporations that have total disregard for the planet.

Based upon an article published in the Reno Gazette-Journal, the Reno, Nevada city council has taken a closer step toward solving the national and global energy crisis. The city council has voted to endorse the Clean Water Plan, which is designed to transition from coal powered systems to renewable energy sources. The Clean Water Plan is structured for the Reno economy to support private companies and utility industries that offer solutions for sustainable and diverse power-generating systems.

Policies are written into the plan to demonstrate how governing bodies and private corporations can rely on sensible decisions, rather than succumbing to special interest groups that are only concerned with making a profit. The Reno Clean Water Plan seeks to organize and implement proven systems and technologies, such as solar power and geothermal energy, which are projected to energize the local job market.

The push for clean energy is supported by many people in the community, such as government officials and prominent corporate executives, like Andy Wirth. Mr. Wirth is a philanthropist, president and CEO of Alpine Meadows Ski Resort and Squaw Valley Ski Resort, which are both located in Olympic Valley, CA. Mr. Wirth is an active board member, donor and organizer for over a dozen environmental and community groups, such as the Humane Society of Tahoe and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, which provides youth development services and college scholarships for Lake Tahoe graduates.