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

  Johan Rockstrom joins Chris and Nell to discuss the possibility of a “good anthroposcene”.  In their critically claimed book, Big World, Small Planet – Abundance within Planetary Boundaries, Authors Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum combine the latest science with accessible charts and stunning photography to create a new narrative for humanity’s impact on the planet.  

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KPCW kicks off coverage of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival's filmmakers with a two-hour special edition of The Sundance Reel. For 51 weeks of the year, Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson are the hosts of KPCW's This Green Earth, our local program on sustainability, green living and the science behind environmental trends. This week, however, they do double duty and take on the filmmakers of the Sundance Film Festival.

  Joining us for the first part of the show to talk solid waste and recycling is Reece DeMille. He is the manager of municipal services and government affairs for northern Utah for Republic Services.  On the second segment of the program Eric McGill of Earthwings joins us along with Bill Voelker, founder and director of Sia, an ethno-ornithological initiative of the Comanche Nation.

  Dr. Rich Bullough joins Chris and Nell on the first part of the show. Rich is the Director of Summit County’s Health Department.  We discuss several topics with Rich, including the County’s study of septic tanks and what you may – or may not – have to do if your property already has a  septic tank on it. 

  In her book, This Changes Everything – Capitalism Versus the Climate, author Naomi Klein argues that if we really want to solve such an existential threat as climate change, we need to restructure the very fundamentals of capitalism, economic growth and personal consumption.  Dr. Jeff McCarthy is the director of the environmental humanities graduate program at the University of Utah.  He joins us on the show today to discuss the book, the film and the panel he participated in following the film Sunday night. 

  Chris and Nell’s first guest today is Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist at the National Weather Service.  Brian gives us a rundown on last week’s storm as well as this past autumn’s temperatures and precipitation.  On the second half of the program, Katy Wang joins the conversation talking about a documentary film hosted by the Park City film series this weekend. It’s called, This Changes Everything – Capitalism Verses the Climate. There will be a discussion panel that will be held immediately following the showing Sunday night, January third. 

  In the first part of the show Chris and Nell speak with John Buchanan.  John was in Paris for a portion of the Paris Climate Talks, as a representative of Conservation International and the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business.  In segment two, the conversation turned to changing temperatures occurring here along the Wasatch Front. Jessica Di Caprio and Paige Castro are Park City High School juniors who, as part of their PCCAPS project, have just completed an analysis of our monthly, seasonal and annual temperatures in the Wasatch area over the past six decades.

  Today Chris and Nell speak with Lisa Hoyos about the passing of new climate science standards for 6th and 8th graders.  Lisa is the Director and Co-founder of the group, Climate Parents, a non-profit that supports and advocates  bringing more fact based climate science into the class room. In the second segment of the program, Nate Brown from the Audubon Society discusses the annual Christmas Bird Count.  Park City is holding its 5th annual Christmas Bird Count on Sunday the 20th of December. 

  Chris and Nell’s first guest is Bob Nohavec a member of UCARE, an acronym for Utah Citizens Advocating Renewable Energy.  Bob discusses the groups on going activities and advocacy and shares UCARE’S thoughts on the Public Service Commission’s recent decision regarding residential solar power . In Segment two,  Chris and Nell discuss air quality in China and India and why India's future energy plans could bring down the UN's first annual conference on climate change.

  During the first half of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Tom Diegel, the Vice President of the Wasatch Backcountry Alliance about their involvement with the Mountain Accord.  In the second half of the program they speak with author Susan Imhoff Bird about her book titled: Howl – Of Woman and Wolf.   Drawn to wolves’ resilience and innate sense of place, Bird discovers important personal truths as she learns about the science, the behaviors and the myths surrounding these controversial and misunderstood creatures.

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