February proved to be a month of contrasts and change. The first occurred at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, with competitive races, gorgeous weather, a beautiful venue, and top notch concerts all making for a wonderful two weeks.
Contrast at the championships came when watching two races: Seeing Bode Miller’s unfortunate crash while leading the men’s Super-G event was heartbreaking. Watching Mikaela Shiffrin win the women’s Slalom race—with the pressure of being both the hometown-hero AND the last racer—brought tears to my eyes. The world witnessed both the end of the career of one of the top men's ski racers in US history and the continuing ascent of a young, talented woman climbing to the top.
Weather was the second great contrast last month. There was a high of 30 degrees in Charleston, South Carolina, while the same day it was 65 in the mountains of Truckee. Unfortunately, I was in Charleston. Record snows in Boston, the fourth year of drought in California, and snowpack in the West still far below average, all continue to indicate changing weather patterns. From rain to snow, water is a precious resource for the West—and for all of humanity. We need to find ways to conserve and better utilize it in all of its forms.
Moving forward, my commitment for East West Partners is to continue to develop communities in an increasingly sustainable manner, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and resource conservation. I encourage you to visit ProtectOurWinters.org and join their efforts. The weather this past February made me realize this movement is even more important and urgent than I had ever before understood.