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

  Today, Brian McInerney from the National Weather Service joins Nell and Chris to discuss this past winter’s weather and climate.  Then Professor Terry Mesmer and Brandon Flack talk about Sage Grouse.  Finally Seth Bockholt brings us up to date on the latest trends in landscape architecture. 

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is Doug Fryer a local bee keeper and honey purveyor. He tells how his bees managed through this past cold winter. 

Then in the second half of the program, Jason Barto joined the conversation to discuss summit county trees.  Jason is the 2015 Arborist of the year and founder of the organization and website Wasatch Back Trees.

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show to discuss the Zika Virus is Phil Bondurant, the Environmental Health Director for Summit County.  Then in the second half of the program, John Muir Laws discusses the benefits of nature drawing and journaling.  

  Joining Chris and Nell in the first part of the show is John Hopkins.  He is a Vice President at GE energy Financial Services and is part of the renewable energy group at GE.  We discover where the trends are with respect to wind, solar and other renewable energy systems domestically and internationally, and where GE plans to make future investments.

In the second segment of the program, architect Hank Louis discusses a unique home he is building outside of Park City that uses tires as construction material for the walls of the home.

  The Citizens Climate Lobby is hosting their Western Regional Conference in Salt Lake City starting March 18th.  Representatives join Nell and Chris in the first part of the program to discuss the organization and their programs agenda. In the second segment of the program we turn our attention to the drying up of the Great Salt Lake as we speak with Professor Wayne Wurtsbaugh.

  Matt Pacenza, executive Director of Heal Utah, joins Chris and Nell as the Utah Legislature nears the end of its winter session.  Matt brings us up to date on a number of bills that address energy and environmental policy. Then in the second part of the show, Jeff McCarthy joins us.  Jeff is the director of the Environmental Humanities Graduate Program at the University of Utah.

  Lisa Yoder, Sustainability City Coordinator for Summit County, is on the first half of the show to discuss the county’s environmental programs for 2016.  Then, Marc Clemmons from the Sierra Club – Utah chapter – is on the second half to discuss the draft Public Lands Initiative. 

  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.  

Roger Crawford / KPCW

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.

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