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

Dr. Brian McPherson is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. He was recently awarded a 1.3 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy to study whether or not the process of carbon capture and storage of CCS could be applied here in Utah.  What is carbon capture and storage?

Scientist and ecologist Dr. Ari Friedlaender joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss his 20-years of research in Antarctica.  Then in the second half, they speak with Dr. Jeff McCarthy and Kathleen Metcalf.  Jeff is a professor and director of Environmental Humanities graduate program at the University of Utah. Kathleen is a student in that graduate program. 

Mark Clemens from the Sierra Club joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the potential environmental impacts the new administration will have. In the second half of the show, rocky Mountain Power is proposing new rates for customers who want to generate solar power.  Kate Bowman from Utah Clean Energy is here to explain what the new fees and charges are and what it might mean to the future of residential solar in Utah.

Susan Nedell with E2 joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program.  E2 advocates for renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency.  In the second half of the show: Summit County has launched a pilot program which offers a professional home energy assessment to the first 100 eligible homeowners whose primary residence is in the county. The program started October 22 and County Sustainability Manager Lisa Yoder joins the program to discuss how things are progressing, what the cost is to participate and if there is still time to sign up.

In Biting the Hands That Feed Us, Food lawyer Baylen Linnekin tells the human stories of farmers, food producers, sellers and consumers who have been hurt by bad food laws and how these rules can be fixed and simplified. In the second segment of the program, Chris and Nell talk with Jill Jonnes, author of the book, Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and people in the American Cityscape. She discusses the history of trees in our urban landscape.

This Green Earth - October 11, 2016

Oct 11, 2016

Today Nell and Chris cover a number of environmental stories in the news, including record high carbon dioxide levels, record purchases of electric vehicles and how much coal your solar panels save. 

  Today's first guest is Zach Frankel, Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council.  Zach discusses the proposed Bear River Diversion Project.   Then Cory Fisher of Trout Unlimited comes on to discuss TU's latest report titled:  We are Public Lands.  Finally, Molly Brooks from Recycle Utah comes on to talk about the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 8th at the  Canyons Parking lot.           

The first guest on the program is Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society  who discusses the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and a proposal to list the bee on the Endangered Species List.  The second guest is Brian McInerney of the National Weather Service.  He discusses why this past summer was so hot and dry.  

This Green Earth - September 20, 2016

Sep 20, 2016

Recently, a local nonprofit dedicated to protecting animals, has worked with the Utah Department of Transportation to extend the existing animal barriers that line a portion of I-80 near Parleys Summit.  Save People, Save Wild Life,  is the name of this nonprofit.  Jim Clarke and Sharon Cantwell from this group join us in the first part of the program to discuss the program.  Then, in the second half of the show we’ll catch up with Dr.

This Green Earth - September 6, 2016

Sep 13, 2016

Chris and Nell’s first guest is Matt Pacer, a director of Heal Utah, a nonprofit which focuses on Utah environmental policy.  The second guest on the program is Steven Trimble, photographer and writer who discusses a new book in support of the Bears Ears National Monument.  

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