Wirth is a strong supporter of this move, calling the decision for clean power apolitical. The benefits of sustainable energy production include improved air, drought mitigation and an overall reduction in the carbon footprint left by the region. Additionally, Wirth points out that the economic impact of clean power has been important in bringing high-wage jobs to the area and called on the US Congress to follow suit.
Andy Wirth has always had a strong affinity for the outdoors. He has worked as a backcountry guide and forest firefighter before beginning his career in resort marketing at Steamboat Springs resort. During his tenure there, he was consistently promoted and achieved the title of chief marketing officer and executive vice president of sales and marketing. After twenty years with Steamboat Wirth accepted a position with Squaw Valley Resorts as President and CEO. Under previous management by the Cushing family, Squaw Valley had fallen out of favor with many skiers and Wirth set out to invest some $80 million in facility and customer experience upgrades re-elevating the resort to one of the top ski destinations in the world.
Not content with just being one of the top 25 resort marketing executives in the world according to the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Wirth spends a lot of his time promoting the Reno-Lake Tahoe area by serving as the chairperson for the regional airport authority and raising money for combat-wounded Navy Seals. In 2014, he was named as the Citizen of the Year by Disabled Sports USA. His disability was due to a skydiving accident where he almost lost his right arm.