Nell Larson

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Nell Larson has been the director of Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter since 2013, but has been a co-host of This Green Earth since 2009.  Prior to her role as director at Swaner, Nell acted as Conservation Director, where she focused on the restoration and management of the 1,200 acre nature preserve, implementing projects geared toward stream restoration, water quality, wildlife habitat, and trails.  Nell grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Yale, as well as her master of Environmental Management with a focus in ecology at the Yale School of Forestry.  Outside of work, Nell loves to ski - both Nordic and alpine - sail, hike, travel, kickball, and generally take advantage of Utah's great outdoors.

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In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Glen Perry of Alpro Energy to discuss the feasibility of converting food waste into reusable methane gas using anaerobic digestion.  PCCAPS students Jonas Peek and Tobin Greenwald also join the conversation as they have been collecting data on food waste production by restaurants and supermarkets throughout Summit County.

In this podcast of This Green Earth It's spring and time to talk about honey bees with local beekeeper Doug Fryer.  Doug shares some amazing facts about these creatures including how they keep their hive at 95 degrees during the entire winter, that 99% of the hive is female, and why honey bees prefer blue and purple flowers when foraging for pollen and nectar.

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell first speak with Dr. Steven Kress, author of "Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock", a book that chronicles the efforts to re-establish puffin birds to islands off the Maine coast. After that, they talk to Matt Lindon, professional engineer, about the state's ongoing drought and why the second driest state in the nation consumes more water than nearly any other.

First up on today's show is Daisy Fair, Head of Farming Operations at Copper Moose Farms in Park City. Daisy talks about the early season plantings, seedlings and the difference between organic and biodynamic farming.  After that, Zach Frankel, Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council,joins Chris and Nell to discuss the successful launch of a Rain Harvest Program down in Salt Lake County and Murray City.  Rain Barrels for $40?  That's a great deal!

On today's show, Linda Lawrence from Park City Nursery stops by the show to talk about voles, moles, aphids and spider mites. All the pests we might see in our backyards and the many natural ways to control them.  Then, Bruce Erickson drops in to talk about the May 2nd Hazardous Waste Collection Day sponsored by Recycle Utah and Sunrise Rotary Club.

Nell and Chris first speak with Professor Christopher Norment, author of the book "Relicts of a Beautiful Sea - Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World".   Then in the second half of the show they speak with Robyn Geist and Caitlynn Willard about the upcoming 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to be shown in Park City on April 23rd. 

"Nell and Chris talk about the Edward Abbey documentary titled "Wrenched", showing this Thursday the 9th at Prospector Theater.  Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series and host of the documentary joins them in conversation on this film and the multi-day symposium titled "Re-Imagine Western Landscapes" occurring Friday and Saturday."

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On this episode of This Green Earth, host Chris Cherniak spoke with Matt Pacenza, Executive Director of HEAL Utah about the 2015 Utah State Legislative Session. Paul Murphy of Rocky Mountain Power also joined the show to talk about several of their environmental initiatives, including several Wattsmart programs.

In this St. Patty's Day edition of This Green Earth Chris and Nell first discuss the plans for continued extraction of oil from the Gulf of Mexico with Terry Lin, an analyst with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Then they speak with David Reed, Senior Policy Advisor with the World Wildlife Fund, about the WWF's new initiative called "In Pursuit of Prosperity".  

Nell and Chris first talk about population growth with David Paxson, President of World Population Balance. Although the planet is on it's way to 8 billion people, recent efforts in the areas of education, health care and technology are beginning to slow the rate of growth.  Then in the second part of the show they discuss the fact that, despite all the news coverage, more of the continental U.S. experienced record warmth than record cold during the month of February. 

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