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 week, the EPA announced they would be repealing the Clean Power Plan, an effort put forth by the Obama administration to reduce U.S. electricity generation using fossil fuels. Chris and Nell’s first guest is Jon Goldin Dubois, president of Western Recourses Advocates, an environmental non-profit.  He shares his thoughts on why this repeal is such a bad idea, not just for the environment and our climate, but for economic reasons as well.

The first guest on the program, Bret Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity talking about Utah Senators Hatch and Lee’s attempt to gut the Endangered Species Act. Then, Brian McInerney with the National Weather Service stops by to explain why the summer of 2017 was the hottest on record.  Finally, Lisa Yoder, Summit County Sustainability Coordinator joins Chris and Nell to discuss the County’s renewable energy and carbon emissions goals. 

Jason Barto, Certified Arborist and Executive Director of ReLeaf Utah joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the challenges facing White Fir and why watering your trees is more important than ever. Then, in the second half of the program they speak with Will Falk. He is a local resident and lawyer who, along with four others from around the Colorado River’s Upper Basin, recently filed the first ever rights of nature lawsuit – Colorado River v. Colorado – in the United States District Court in Colorado. 

This Green Earth - September 26, 2017

Sep 26, 2017

The first guest on the program is Jamie Farrell, Seismologist with the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Utah.  He talks about last week’s 3.3 magnitude earthquake near Park City.  In the second half of the show Chris and Nell talk with Brian Fagan, author of, “Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization.” 

In Mark Sundeen’s book , “The Unsettlers: In Search of the Good Life in Today’s America,” three American families ditch modern comforts and convenience – including, in some cases, supermrkets, cars, and even electricity – to define authentic living for themselves.  For those striving to live a simpler, uncomplicated life, “The Unsettlers” offers an in depth and compelling account of diverse Americans living off the grid – physically and behaviorally.  Mark Sundeen is coming to Park City as part of eh Humanities Book Festival.

First guest is Dan Stead, owner of Natures Balance Pest Control.  Natures Balance uses an all-natural form of pesticide made from various plant-based oils to control insects from ants to spiders to wasps. Then, Luke Cartin, Sustainability Manager for Park City Municipal stops by to discuss the proposed revisions to Rocky Mountain Power's plans for fees, rates and tariffs associated with private solar power systems and net metering.

Last Thursday, Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent recommendations to the White House that included scaling back some of the most prominent national monuments created in the past decades.

Frank Black, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Westminster College joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss ongoing research with Mercury in the Great Salt Lake. Then, Charlie Matthews, STEM Coordinator with the Park City School District, stops by to discuss his work with STEM.  Finally, Erin Bragg from Summit County sustainability talks about the County’s recent joining of the U.S. County Climate Coalition.

Reece DeMille of Republic Services is up first to discuss the 2017 Annual Solid Waste Fee, Why China is cutting back on importing plastic and how Apple plans to manufacture 100% recyclable phones. Then Katy Wang and Lindsay Beebe talk about the film, “From the Ashes” airing this Friday at the Santy. Finally, Lynsey Gammon stops by to share information on her new farm called Mountain Song Farms, located  in Silver Creek.

  In the first part of the program, Chris and Nell talk about the damage feral cats and home owners  who let their housecats run unattended outside, do to our local wildlife - its diversity and populations.  They also discuss what Swaner Preserve is doing to address their feral cat population. Then, in the second part of the show, Molly Brooks, the director of outreach and communications with Recycle Utah, stops by to discuss their upcoming event – the 100 mile meal.  It’s an event that showcases the vegetables, fruits, cheeses and meat raised by local farmers.

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