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.

Ways to Connect

  Last fall, The Park City Council declared that the city’s municipal works would be net zero with respect to carbon consumption by the year 2022.  In addition, they announced that the city, as a whole, would be net zero by the year 2023. But what does net zero look like?  How is it calculated?

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss record sea and ice loss is Mark Serreze, the Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

In the second half of the program, they speak with professor Tadd Truscott who just completed some research that investigated why some species of desert plants have a unique capacity to collect water out of the atmosphere.

  On the program today Jordan Fisher Smith describes the role scientists and policy makers play in managing nature and our national parks in his new book:  Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature.

In the second part of the program, Chris and Nell get a visit from local girl scouts who recently received a Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project titled Plastic bag-free PC.

  According to Park City Municipal, 70-percent of this towns daily water use In the summer goes to irrigating landscapes – most notably Kentucky Blue Grass.  Chris and Nell have some amazing figures to share regarding how much water we use and what that costs – to both the homeowner and the water treatment plant.

  In the first half of the program, Chris and Nell speak with Christopher Wolsko, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University about a recent study comparing liberal and conservative views on environmental stewardship.  In the second half of the program, Peter Metcalf stops by to discuss the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.  

  First guest is Jamo O'Reilly, General Manager at the Black Diamond Lodge, located in Deer Valley.  Jamo discusses the numerous changes they've made at the lodge to reduce electricity and natural gas demand.

Second guest is Michael O'Shea, Policy Associate for HEAL Utah.  Michael talks about a BLM meeting occurring this May 19th which will take public comment on the bureau's current coal leasing program.  

  In the first half of the program, Nell and Chris speak with Roland Kays, author of Candid Creatures – How Camera Traps Reveal the Mysteries of Nature.  Then in the second half, Katy Wang discusses the documentary, Cars Vs Bikes showing Wednesday at 6pm and the Jim Santy Auditorium.  

  In the first part of the show, Chris and Nell join Jason Barto, Certified Arborist, to discuss his Wasatch Back tree efforts.

Then in the second half, they discuss night skies, light pollution and the city’s codes on landscape lighting. 

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In this edition of KPCW's This Green Earth, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larsen welcome Lyndsey Gammon, Chief Garden Manager at Summit Community Garden to talk about the art and science behind good gardening in a high desert environment. Gammon also shares what 'No Mow' grass is and why it's a great alternative to Kentucky Blue Grass.

 

  National Conservation Leader Brock Evans is visiting Utah this week to speak to Utahns about how to persevere in the fight to protect the environment.  He joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the arc of his environmental career, the talks he is giving this week and why it’s even more important today to educate, advocate and act on environmental issues.

In the second half of the program Chris and Nell speak with Kailey Kornhauser and Kailey Luzbetak.  Both are students enrolled in the U of U’s Environmental humanities program. 

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