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

In this edition of This Green Earth Chris and Nell welcome Keya Chatergee of the World Wildlife Fund. New research has found that there has been an alarming drop in the animal population.  

Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist with the National Weather Service, joins hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson to discuss all things weather and climate.  He summarizes our past summer's temperatures and precipitation.  He also announces that Park City is getting a new Climate Station at the Public Library.

In this edition Nell and Chris first speak with Mark Clemens and Jeff Clay of the Sierra Club about the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Then, in the second half they talk to Jason Barto and Barbara Richardson with Wasatch Back Trees about their "Fruit Nuts" program.

On this episode of KPCW's This Green Earth, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson consider the value of electric  vehicles with Rebecca Gillis. She's a Heber resident who has had a great experience with her electric vehicle.

The KPCW Summer Pledge Drive is well underway and on this episode of KPCW's This Green Earth, Nell and Chris spoke at length about a couple of organizations that are big KPCW supporters; Swaner Eco Center and Summit Land Conservancy.

Mike Luers, General Manager of the Snyderville Basin Water Reclamation District joined the show to talk about water, sewage and how it's all managed. News items discussed on this episode also include Roundup and Roundup resistant weeds, red tides off the coast of Florida and the XL pipeline.

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson kicked of this episode with a conversation about Engineers Without Borders. Jessica Karz, a Park City High School graduate and Chemical Engineering major at Montana State University,  joined the show to talk about her month spent working on a drinking water project in Kenya.  Amy Roberts of Park City Medical Center and John Nuffer from Falling Water, Inc. then stopped in for an update about the community garden located at the medical center.

On this episode, Chris and Nell kicked off the show with a conversation about the U.S. meat industry and it's impacts on the environment with Emily Cassidy, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group. They then moved on to news items including Chines coal, Indonesian shrimp and western groundwater.

In the first segment of today's show, Nicky DeFord with Vail Resorts join hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson to talk about Vail's ongoing efforts in environmental sustainability. In the second segment, Stephanie Dolmat-Connell of the University of Utah and Lisa Yoder of Summit County joined the show to talk about the University's "Community Solar" program. Finally, Nell and Chris share why it's a bad idea to leave your car running, unattended, with the air conditioner on, just to keep your dog cool.

Nell and Chris were joined on today's show by Sarah Wright, Executive Director of Utah Clean Energy, an environmental advocacy group which promotes education and awareness in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy. Later in the show, they covered some additional environmental news items, including how much electricity your cable box actually consumes and many people it actually takes to install an oil pipeline (hint; it's way less than a thousand).

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