Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of the Presidents effort to rewrite the governments rule book on environmental policy, procedures and regulations, resigned last week in the face of numerous ethics investigations. Bob Deans, associate director of communications with the Natural Resources Defense Council joins Chris and Nell to discuss Pruitt’s resignation, Andrew Wheeler’s designation and what it means for environmental protection.
Chris visits with Melani Tankel, an ironman athlete and the owner of Plant Your Base, a company that specializes in the production of “wild pies”, small, fruit based pies that, among things, are locally sourced and pesticide free.
Mary Closser, the Green Business Coordinator with Recycle Utah, provides education, awareness and insight to local businesses who want to operate their shops in a more environmentally mindful way. This includes their consumption of energy, water, fuel and raw materials as well as looking into ways they can reduce the waste they generate.
The film, Wasted, The Story of Food Waste, will be airing Wednesday, June 20 at the Santy Auditorium. It’s a documentary produced by the late Anthony Bourdain and focuses on what needs to be done to reduce and re-direct food that is lost to landfills. Josh Hobson, a member of the Park City Leadership Class 24 discusses this film and a class project focusing on food waste and composting.
Mark Adams is the author of the new book, Tip Of The Iceberg: My 3,000 Mile Journey around Wild Alaska, The Last Great American Frontier. Adams retraces the famous 1899 expedition sponsored by railroad magnate Edward Harriman which included John Muir and George Bird Grinnell, founder of the Audubon Society. Adams describes the changes both man and climate have made on the Alaskan wilderness since that famous trip.
For nearly 20-years, TRAX light rail trains have shuttled riders up and down the Salt Lake Valley, saving countless car trips and sparing Salt Lake’s air tons of petroleum-based pollutants. But for the past four years the trains have done even more for Utah’s air.
Senator Orrin Hatch and Congressman John Curtis have co-authored a bill entitled, The Emery County Public Land Management Act of 2018. Emery County is home to world class wilderness landscapes such as San Rafael Swell, Desolation Canyon and Goblin Valley State Park. Dave Pacheco, grassroots organizer from the Southern Utah Wilderness Association, joins Chris and Nell to give us SUWA's thoughts and positions on this proposed bill.