KPCW's This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
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 - May 26, 2015

May 26, 2015

Chris Cherniak and Carolyn Frankenburg first discuss the  documentary "Merchants of Doubt" with Park City Film Series Executive Director Katy Wang and Utah State University Professor  Rob Davies.  The film is being shown at Prospector Theater this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  After that, they speak with Jill Rathburn about the use and benefits of Tower Gardens.  Grow 20 plants per tower using no soil and recycled water.  

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell speak with Glen Perry of Alpro Energy to discuss the feasibility of converting food waste into reusable methane gas using anaerobic digestion.  PCCAPS students Jonas Peek and Tobin Greenwald also join the conversation as they have been collecting data on food waste production by restaurants and supermarkets throughout Summit County.

In this podcast of This Green Earth It's spring and time to talk about honey bees with local beekeeper Doug Fryer.  Doug shares some amazing facts about these creatures including how they keep their hive at 95 degrees during the entire winter, that 99% of the hive is female, and why honey bees prefer blue and purple flowers when foraging for pollen and nectar.

In this edition of This Green Earth, Chris and Nell first speak with Dr. Steven Kress, author of "Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock", a book that chronicles the efforts to re-establish puffin birds to islands off the Maine coast. After that, they talk to Matt Lindon, professional engineer, about the state's ongoing drought and why the second driest state in the nation consumes more water than nearly any other.

First up on today's show is Daisy Fair, Head of Farming Operations at Copper Moose Farms in Park City. Daisy talks about the early season plantings, seedlings and the difference between organic and biodynamic farming.  After that, Zach Frankel, Executive Director of Utah Rivers Council,joins Chris and Nell to discuss the successful launch of a Rain Harvest Program down in Salt Lake County and Murray City.  Rain Barrels for $40?  That's a great deal!

On today's show, Linda Lawrence from Park City Nursery stops by the show to talk about voles, moles, aphids and spider mites. All the pests we might see in our backyards and the many natural ways to control them.  Then, Bruce Erickson drops in to talk about the May 2nd Hazardous Waste Collection Day sponsored by Recycle Utah and Sunrise Rotary Club.

Nell and Chris first speak with Professor Christopher Norment, author of the book "Relicts of a Beautiful Sea - Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World".   Then in the second half of the show they speak with Robyn Geist and Caitlynn Willard about the upcoming 7th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to be shown in Park City on April 23rd. 

"Nell and Chris talk about the Edward Abbey documentary titled "Wrenched", showing this Thursday the 9th at Prospector Theater.  Katy Wang, Executive Director of the Park City Film Series and host of the documentary joins them in conversation on this film and the multi-day symposium titled "Re-Imagine Western Landscapes" occurring Friday and Saturday."

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On this episode of This Green Earth, host Chris Cherniak spoke with Matt Pacenza, Executive Director of HEAL Utah about the 2015 Utah State Legislative Session. Paul Murphy of Rocky Mountain Power also joined the show to talk about several of their environmental initiatives, including several Wattsmart programs.

In this St. Patty's Day edition of This Green Earth Chris and Nell first discuss the plans for continued extraction of oil from the Gulf of Mexico with Terry Lin, an analyst with the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Then they speak with David Reed, Senior Policy Advisor with the World Wildlife Fund, about the WWF's new initiative called "In Pursuit of Prosperity".  

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