Nell Larson

Producer/ Co-Host

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

Alex Gaffke, a graduate student in land resources and environmental science at Montana State University, and Professor David Weaver, his advisor, join Chris and Nell to discuss their research on tamarisk shrubs and the beetle that loves them.

Sustainability consultant Bill Wilson joins Chris and Nell to talk about how he assists local businesses  and municipalities in creating and managing plans which not only reduce energy, water, and resource consumption, but educate workers on the value of running a more environmentally minded business.

This Green Earth - April 24, 2018 Bugs

Apr 24, 2018

In Bugs, film director Andreas Johnson Follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.  The film Bugs is flying into the Santy Auditorium Thursday, April 2th. Executive Director of the film series, Katy Wang, Joins Chris and Nell on the program. 

William T. Vollmann discusses a topic that will impact generations to come: the factors and human actions that have led to global warming.  His new book, No Immediate Danger, is the first of two volumes titled Carbon Ideologies. Matt Abbott, deputy program manager of sustainability and energy at the University of Utah joins the second half of the show.

This Green Earth - April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018

The first guest on the program today is Bryan Bird, Southwest Program Director with Defenders of Wildlife.  He talks about Mexican Grey Wolves and the physical and legal challenges they face throughout the Southwestern U.S.  The second guest is Erin Brass, Executive Director of Summit Community Power Works.  Erin talks about “Watt Smart Communities.”  The final guest is Lori Faeth of Land Trust Alliance who discusses that organizations efforts to promote land conservancy, 

This Green Earth - March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018

Chris and Nell speak with Donald Worster, environmental historian and author of the book:  Shrinking the Earth:  The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance.  Worster examines how America's social, political, economic and cultural revolutions were made possible by vast amounts of natural resources, and how - due to over-use and exploitation - this era of expansion is coming to an end.  

This Green Earth - March 20, 2018

Mar 20, 2018

Today, on This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Momentum Recycling, a Salt Lake City-based company that specializes in recycling and upcycling glass. Momentum is considering starting a commercial and residential pickup program for glass here in Summit County.   In the second half of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Dr. Jeff McCarthy, Director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah.  On March 26th, writer and novelist Amitav Ghosh is being honored with the programs inaugural Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities.   

On this Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Luke Cartin, Sustainability Director with Park City Municipal, about how the recent State legislative session will impact a number of city environmental initiatives including their plastic bag ban, solar energy systems and electric vehicle use and registration. 

This Green Earth - February 6, 2018

Feb 6, 2018

Nell and Chris first speak with Dr.

Recognizing 30 years of dedication, the National Weather Service has named Margaret Bowman of Coalville a 2017 recipient of the John Campanius Holm Award for outstanding service as a weather observer. This award is one of the agency’s most prestigious; a maximum of 25 are granted each year to deserving weather observers throughout the country.  Margaret Bowman and Lisa Verzella, observations program leader with the weather service, join Chris and Nell in the second half of the program.

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