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

This Green Earth - August 2, 2016

Aug 2, 2016

  The first guest is Steve Forrest with Defender of Wildlife, discussing the possible extinction of pallid sturgeon in the Yellowstone River. Then, Mike Luers with SBWRD talks about the critically low water levels in East Canyon Creek and why that is happening.  Finally, Shelly Gillwald stops by to discuss efforts being made to reduce paper and plastic bottle usage at the Park City Extreme Cup Soccer Tournament this weekend. 

This Green Earth - July 26, 2016

Jul 26, 2016

  Republic Services recently signed a contract with the county to continue solid waste pickup in Park City and Summit County.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the program  to discuss the contract is Reece DeMille, Manager of Municipal Services and Government affairs – Northern Utah – for Republic. Then in the second part of the program they speak with Katie Bernhard, a Park City resident who just returned from a year’s stay in Rwanda where she provided environmental education and management services to a local town.

  This week, Nell and Chris speak with Daisy Fair, farm Manager at Copper Moose Farm, a local C.S.A. here in Park City.  

  In his book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, Michael Weber offers a farsighted and holistic way of thinking about the nexus between energy and water. He underscores that population growth, climate change and short sighted policies are likely to make things worse.

Then, in the second part of the show, Chris and Nell speak with Rob Davies; coordinator of the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University  who will give a speech on climate change and mitigation at the Santy Auditorium this Sunday night at 6:30.

  Today, Chris and Nell discuss several items currently in the news including local butterfly’s and fireflies, wolverines, polystyrene, GMO’s and Algae blooms. 

  Last fall, The Park City Council declared that the city’s municipal works would be net zero with respect to carbon consumption by the year 2022.  In addition, they announced that the city, as a whole, would be net zero by the year 2023. But what does net zero look like?  How is it calculated?

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss record sea and ice loss is Mark Serreze, the Director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

In the second half of the program, they speak with professor Tadd Truscott who just completed some research that investigated why some species of desert plants have a unique capacity to collect water out of the atmosphere.

  On the program today Jordan Fisher Smith describes the role scientists and policy makers play in managing nature and our national parks in his new book:  Engineering Eden: The True Story of a Violent Death, a Trial, and the Fight Over Controlling Nature.

In the second part of the program, Chris and Nell get a visit from local girl scouts who recently received a Girl Scout Bronze Award for their project titled Plastic bag-free PC.

  According to Park City Municipal, 70-percent of this towns daily water use In the summer goes to irrigating landscapes – most notably Kentucky Blue Grass.  Chris and Nell have some amazing figures to share regarding how much water we use and what that costs – to both the homeowner and the water treatment plant.

  In the first half of the program, Chris and Nell speak with Christopher Wolsko, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University about a recent study comparing liberal and conservative views on environmental stewardship.  In the second half of the program, Peter Metcalf stops by to discuss the proposed Bears Ears National Monument.  

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