KPCW's This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
Credit Mark Maziarz

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources and sustainability.

The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture and sustainability.

TGE has interviewed a number of individuals from different environmental fields including: writers Andrew Revkin, Terry Tempest Williams, Craig Childs, Richard Louv and Paul Erlich; politicians like the Mayors of Park City and Salt Lake City; policy analysts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund; scientists and researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Weather Service; and, local sustainable business owners from Copper Moose Farm, Main Street Olive Oil Company, Whole Foods Market and Fairweather Natural Foods.

Christopher Cherniak is an environmental engineer with nearly 30 years experience as an environmental consultant. Nell Larson is an environmental scientist , educator and a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. Together, they direct This Green Earth's mission, which is to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Nell via email at thisgreenearth@kpcw.org.

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What People are Saying About This Green Earth

"This Green Earth offers an in-depth analysis of current environmental issues that affect our local and global community.  The conversations between the hosts and their guests is enlightening and challenging, but at the same time has a light touch that makes the issues accessible to a wide listening audience.  An invaluable resource for our community." Katy Wang

"This Green Earth does an excellent job recruiting knowledgeable and interesting guests.  As someone who's been involved in the "green" sector for many years, I'm consistently impressed with the ability of Katie and Nell to introduce me to something new!"  Tyler Paulsen, former Sustainability Office, Park City Municipal

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This Green Earth - December 27, 2016

Dec 27, 2016

Tim Loveday is the Superintendent of Solid Waste for Summit County and he joins Chris and guest co-host Carolyn Murray in the first part of the show to talk about why a 36-dollar annual solid waste fee is necessary and what it will be spent on. We will also talk about the ongoing work at the landfill to close out or cap the existing landfill cell. In the second part of the program we will chat with Mary Christa Smith, Project Manager of Summit County Community Power Works and talk about how Summit County is doing with respect to the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.  

This Green Earth - December 20, 2016

Dec 20, 2016

Wednesday, December 21, is officially the shortest day of the year, just one second shorter than the day before. And as it has become a custom, with each winter solstice, Brian McInerney joins Chris and guest co-host Carolyn Murray to discuss our local and regional weather and climate. He joins us to discuss this past autumn’s weather – just how warm it was – and how Mother Nature’s snow making machine is performing to date.

On Today’s show Chris and Nell discuss the latest data on climate change, the warmest autumn in U.S. history, the increasing concentrations of methane in the atmosphere and why it rained this past Saturday.

Dr. Brian McPherson is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Utah. He was recently awarded a 1.3 million dollar grant from the Department of Energy to study whether or not the process of carbon capture and storage of CCS could be applied here in Utah.  What is carbon capture and storage?

Scientist and ecologist Dr. Ari Friedlaender joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss his 20-years of research in Antarctica.  Then in the second half, they speak with Dr. Jeff McCarthy and Kathleen Metcalf.  Jeff is a professor and director of Environmental Humanities graduate program at the University of Utah. Kathleen is a student in that graduate program. 

Mark Clemens from the Sierra Club joins Chris and Nell in the first part of the program to discuss the potential environmental impacts the new administration will have. In the second half of the show, rocky Mountain Power is proposing new rates for customers who want to generate solar power.  Kate Bowman from Utah Clean Energy is here to explain what the new fees and charges are and what it might mean to the future of residential solar in Utah.

Rob Davies will be giving a talk at the Santy Auditorium next Monday night the 14th.  The Talk is titled; Failure Is Not An Option and It will define the required changes all of us in Park City will have to perform if we have any hope of reducing the most dire consequences of a warming Wasatch Back. Dr.

Bill Barron is running for a seat in the U.S. Senate as an unaffiliated single issue “climate” candidate.  This is his third run for national office and he believes that running for office is the most effective thing he can do to bring attention to the urgent issue of climate change.  Bill Barron joins Chris on the first part of the show.  In the second part of the program, the bi-annual hazardous waste collection event, held at the Canyons parking lot several weeks ago was a huge success. Molly Brooks from Recycle Utah provides us with details on what and how much was collected.

Susan Nedell with E2 joins Chris and Nell in the first half of the program.  E2 advocates for renewable portfolio standards and energy efficiency.  In the second half of the show: Summit County has launched a pilot program which offers a professional home energy assessment to the first 100 eligible homeowners whose primary residence is in the county. The program started October 22 and County Sustainability Manager Lisa Yoder joins the program to discuss how things are progressing, what the cost is to participate and if there is still time to sign up.

In Biting the Hands That Feed Us, Food lawyer Baylen Linnekin tells the human stories of farmers, food producers, sellers and consumers who have been hurt by bad food laws and how these rules can be fixed and simplified. In the second segment of the program, Chris and Nell talk with Jill Jonnes, author of the book, Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and people in the American Cityscape. She discusses the history of trees in our urban landscape.

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