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

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. 

This Green Earth - February 7, 2017

Feb 7, 2017

Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the impacts which the new administration will have on our national climate policy, and what is being done about it, is Judd Werner of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

Amy Roberts, the executive director with the Outdoor Industry Association, joins Chris and Nell to discuss how the new administration leaders, policies and objectives will impact the conservation, protection and access to our public lands.  In the second half of the program they speak with Mike Aguilar, the Marketing Director of Mark Miller Subaru and General Manager Jeff Miller who discusses what Subaru does to support environmental causes and sustainable business Practices.

Sundance Reel Hour Two - January 20,2017

Jan 20, 2017

KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programming opened Friday with a Remote Broadcast from Whole Foods Market. The second hour highlighted a couple of feature length World Cinema documentaries that included “ Plastic China” and “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World”.  A  one woman, first time Sundance director brought her story of the short film called ”Hairat”.  Keep informed of the many dozens of interviews throughout the Sundance Festival by checking in with KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programs updating daily on KPCW.org. 

Sundance Reel hour one - January 20, 2017

Jan 20, 2017

KPCW’s Sundance Reel Programming opened Friday with a Remote Broadcast from Whole Foods Market.  John Wells and Nell Larson were joined in the first hour by 4 documentary film makers, producers and subjects. ”Icarus,”  “Rancher Farmer, Fisherman”, ”Unrest” and “Trophy” are four feature length documentaries crossing a spectrum of timely issues.  

This Green Earth - January 17, 2017

Jan 17, 2017

  This Green Earth has focused on a widely used class of pesticides called neonicotinoids before on This Green Earth, in context of their impacts on honeybees as well as native pollinators.  But today, John and Nell spoke with Cynthia Palmer, Director of Pesticide Science and Regulation at the American Bird Conservancy, about the heavy impact of these chemicals on birds.  

This Green Earth - January 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

On the January 10th show, Nell Larson and guest cohost Renai Bodley started by talking with Sheryl Carter, Co-Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Energy Program, about the future of renewable and clean energy here in the United States.

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