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

Carolyn Wawra  and Molly Brooks join Nell and Chris in the first half of the program to discuss the Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event being held this Saturday the 6th at the Canyons Parking Lot.  Then Jason Barto of ReLeaf calls in to discuss their new organization and calendar of events.

Gemma Tillack from the Rain Forest Action Network joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss Palm Oil Plantations, Conflict Oil and what we can do to reduce our use of palm oil based products. In the second half of the program, Piper Christian, a student at Logan High School talks about a resolution she helped draft and present to the Utah State Legislature on climate change.  Dave Pacheco of SUWA joins in the conversation. 

Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series, joins Chris and Nell to discuss several environmental documentaries being shown during the month of April.  They include “Tomorrow” and “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman”.  Chris and Nell also discuss Rocky Mountain Powers plan to build a 1,100 megawatt wind farm in Southeastern Wyoming. 

Today Chris and Nell visit with Andrea Walker Bravo about the Urban Homestead Expo being held Saturday, April 22 at the Conservation Gardens Park in West Jordan. Then, in the second half of the program, they talk about the Clean Power Plan and the Presidents Executive order he signed last week to formally undo the CPP with Steve Michel of the Western Resources Advocates.

Jenni Julander and Ashley Miller with Breathe Utah talk air quality legislation and their Earth Day Event. Then, Scott Parkin of the Rain Forest Action Network joins Chris and Nell to discuss the next steps regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Reece Demille of Republic Services and Larry Gibbons of Rocky Mountain Recycling join Chris and Nell to discuss recycling, the MRF and China’s Green Sword.  Then Dr. Diana Cox Foster talks about her research in bees and the latest bee discovered in the Escalante region of Utah.

All but one of the seven warmest U.S. winters on record have occurred since 1997, with three of those recorded in the 2010’s.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with The National Weather Service. Brian discusses what our winter was like here in Utah. Then, in the second part of the program, author Dan Eagan talks about  his book, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.

Chris and Nell talk with Mark Derichsweider, a retired engineer with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.  He offers his take on Scott Pruitt, the ex-Oklahoma Attorney General and now head of the U.S. EPA.

Joining Nell and Chris to provide legislative updates is Matt Pacenza, the executive director of the environmental activist group Heal Utah.  He updates us on what senate and house bills and resolutions have already passed with respect to our environment, and what bills remain under consideration.

The first guest on the program is Dave Pacheco with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He discusses how the new administration will affect public lands, conservation and protection. The second guest is Florence Williams, author of  Nature Fix – Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative. 

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