Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

Josh Craft, Government Affairs Director with Utah Clean Energy and Kevin Emerson, also with UCE provide an update on environmental and energy related bills under consideration at the Utah State’s winter session.

Finally, Chris and Nell spoke with Leslie Miller about her role as Director of the the Reimagine Western Landscapes Initiative and their newly released book, Reimagining a Place for the Wild.  This book has just been selected for the Park City Friends of the Library's 2019 luncheon book.

Second, Chris and Nell spoke with Stephen Nash, author of Grand Canyon For Sale: Public Lands Versus Private Interests in the Era of Climate Change. He discusses the incredible legacy of our National Parks, the issues they're fixing, and what they need to recover for future generations.

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute, an international non-profit based in Seattle that inspires the building of ecologically-minded urban environment free of fossil fuels.  She discusses their Living Building Challenge, the world's most rigorous green building standard, and how they create buildings free of pollution, waste, and that harvest all of their own energy.

Bestselling author Blake J. Harris joins Cool Science Radio to tell the story of then19-year old Palmer Luckey - a boy who set out to build a virtual reality goggle and two years later sold the company to Facebook for $2 billion dollars. The story weaves  a human drama that comes with trying to build the future. What drives the imagination and creativity and technological expertise of young Palmer Luckey, how did Mark Zuckerberg recognize the genius, what drove the decision to acquire Oculus for that price tag?

Author AJ Jacobs has taken on a quest to unite the entire human race in one all-encompassing family tree. His book is It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World's Family Tree. In his adventures, he finds that indeed he is a cousin of George H.W.

On #This Green Earth today, cohosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson  speak with Kara Lankford   from the National Audubon Society about a report just released titled, Audubon's Vision: Restoring the Gulf of Mexico for Birds and People.

On #This Green Earth today, cohosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson first speak with Tracy Stone-Manning from the National Wildlife Federation about the U.S. Senate recently voting 92-8 to pass the Natural Resources Management Act, a bill designed to expand recreation access and conserve public lands nationwide, including land and rivers here in Utah. 

During the second half of the show, Shawn Peterson, Executive Director of the Green Urban Lunch Box joins Chris and Nell to talk about their new Back-Farms Consulting program as well as their efforts to make organic fresh food accessible and affordable and to educate Utahns about the local food system. 

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris highlight the new book, The Water Paradox: Why There Will Never Be Enough Water - and how to avoid the coming crisis.  They speak with author Edward Barbier, Professor of Economics and Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University about the impacts of water scarcity and how it can be managed through effective policy, with a focus on the American West.  

Robert Albarran is an astrophysicist in Park City - he joins Cool Science Radio to talk about space weather. Everyone is familiar with changes in the weather on Earth. But "weather" also occurs in space. Just as it drives weather on Earth, the sun is responsible for disturbances in our space environment. What is it and why is it important to know about?


During the second half of the show, Chris and Nell spoke with Nicholas de Pencier, one of the filmmakers of Anthropocene, which just screened as a feature documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.  The film is described as a cinematic meditation on humanity's massive re-engineering of the planet.

On Tuesday, Nell and Chris spoke with Dr. Lee Frelich about an unexpected benefit of the extreme cold in the Midwest: the control of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive pest killing millions of trees and threatening the native ecosystems of ash forests throughout the US.

Brian McInerney, Senior Hydrologist, has a update on the winter snowfall and temperatures to date and how our snowpack is fairing. Judging from the past few days, it should be fairing well. 

Celia Peterson with Park City Municipals’ Sustainability Department discusses My Sustainable Year programs and measures.