Nell Larson

Producer/ Co-Host

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 - May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

We are nearly six months into the new policies announced by China regardng their acceptance of recyclables, particularly plastic.  It's save to say that as a result, little or no plastics here in the U.S. are being recycled.  Joining Chris and Nell in the first half of the program to discuss details of this situation, as well as the waste and recyclng industry as a whole, is Reece DeMille.

In this segment, Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang speak with Nick Schou, conservation director at Utah Rivers Council, about the important  benefits of rainwater collection and how you can get involved through the new phase of their RainHarvest program.

This Green Earth - May 15, 2018: Eric Balkan

May 15, 2018

This segment features Nell and guest co-host Katy Wang chatting with Eric Balkan, executive director of the Glen Canyon Institute, who shares the history and issues of the Glen Canyon Dam, as well as its impacts on native ecosystems and cultural sites. Balkan also describes GCI's proposal to empty Lake Powell into Lake Mead for a more efficient and environmentally friendly water management system.

In this segment, Chris and Nell talk about fireflies, which arguably are the coolest and most magical insects in North America. Christy Bills, entomologist at the Utah Natural History, joins in to discuss the magic and mystery behind these bright, nocturnal bugs.

Alex Gaffke, a graduate student in land resources and environmental science at Montana State University, and Professor David Weaver, his advisor, join Chris and Nell to discuss their research on tamarisk shrubs and the beetle that loves them.

Sustainability consultant Bill Wilson joins Chris and Nell to talk about how he assists local businesses  and municipalities in creating and managing plans which not only reduce energy, water, and resource consumption, but educate workers on the value of running a more environmentally minded business.

This Green Earth - April 24, 2018 Bugs

Apr 24, 2018

In Bugs, film director Andreas Johnson Follows them as they forage, farm, cook and taste insects with communities in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.  The film Bugs is flying into the Santy Auditorium Thursday, April 2th. Executive Director of the film series, Katy Wang, Joins Chris and Nell on the program. 

William T. Vollmann discusses a topic that will impact generations to come: the factors and human actions that have led to global warming.  His new book, No Immediate Danger, is the first of two volumes titled Carbon Ideologies. Matt Abbott, deputy program manager of sustainability and energy at the University of Utah joins the second half of the show.

This Green Earth - April 10, 2018

Apr 10, 2018

The first guest on the program today is Bryan Bird, Southwest Program Director with Defenders of Wildlife.  He talks about Mexican Grey Wolves and the physical and legal challenges they face throughout the Southwestern U.S.  The second guest is Erin Brass, Executive Director of Summit Community Power Works.  Erin talks about “Watt Smart Communities.”  The final guest is Lori Faeth of Land Trust Alliance who discusses that organizations efforts to promote land conservancy, 

This Green Earth - March 27, 2018

Mar 27, 2018

Chris and Nell speak with Donald Worster, environmental historian and author of the book:  Shrinking the Earth:  The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance.  Worster examines how America's social, political, economic and cultural revolutions were made possible by vast amounts of natural resources, and how - due to over-use and exploitation - this era of expansion is coming to an end.  

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