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

First up on today's show, Insa Riepen, Executive Director of Recycle Utah, joined the show to discuss renewable energy, solid waste issues and the anti-idling ordinance. Park City Silly Market also dropped by for an update on their Zero Waste program.

First, Nick Comerford, University of Florida professor discusses soil erosion and soil loss.  Soil is a non-renewable resource, and once gone, it's nearly impossible to replace.  Then, Matt Pacenza, Policy Director with HEAL Utah comes on the second half to discuss Rocky Mountain Power's request to add a monthly $4.25 fee to owners of solar panels.

 

Chris and Nell first speak with Dr. Michael Mann, Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and author of the book "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars".   In the second half of the show, local bee keeper Doug Fryer joins them to talk about honey, hives and the latest findings regarding Colony Collapse Disorder.

  

This Green Earth - April 30, 2014

Apr 30, 2014

Nell and Chris first talk bark beetles with Colleen Keyes of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.  Some areas of Utah have had all of their spruce trees killed due to the beetle.   After that, they speak with Republic Services about what NOT to put in your recycling bin.

  

Andrea Morgan joins Nell and Chris in the first part of the show to talk about genetically modified organisms and genetically engineered crops.  After that Nell provides an update on Alaska's Pebble Mine project and Chris explains the linkage between fracking and seismic activity.

This Green Earth - April 1, 2014

Apr 1, 2014

Nell and Chris speak with Jake Powell, a watershed coordinator with the Kamas Conservation District.  Learn what roles conservation districts play in protecting soil, water and natural resources.   Also, an update on the fire that occurred at an e-waste recyclingfacility in southern Utah earlier this month. Find out if your TV went up in flames.....

 

First on today's show, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson talk with Lt. Col. Chip Elliott, an instructor of chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy. He'll reveal what the Army is doing in the areas of energy consumption and reduction. Author Emma Marris will follow to discuss her writings on nature and her book Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-wild World.

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Nell and Chris first talk to Tim Fehr, the project manager for the solar panel installation at The Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Then they speak with Scott Kay of Metech Recycling, a business that specializes in disassembling and recycling electronic products and waste.

   

First up, representatives from Chipotle Restaurant join Nell and Chris to talk about their mission of "Food with Integrity", along with their new online series called "Farmed and Dangerous".  After that, they speak with author Fred Pearce about a piece he wrote for Conservation Magazine which describes the relationship TV is having on third-world women and fertility rates.

 

Chris and Nell's first guest is Brent Giles, Chief Sustainability Officerfor Powder Corp, which includes Park City Mountain Resort.   Brent will talk about "Protect Your Playground" a contest soliciting ideas from individuals on how to protect your natural surroundings and playgrounds, and how that idea could win you up to $2500!      Their second guest, Kevin Emersen, Senior Policy and Regulatory Associate  with Utah Clean Energy,  provides an update on all those clean air bills being considered by the state legislature.

  

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