Chris Cherniak

Co-host of KPCW's This Green Earth.

Ways to Connect

PurpleAir is a Salt Lake based company that manufactures affordable air quality monitoring devices that report data in real time.  Better yet, the data they gather is shared online through a map, enabling anyone with internet access to check on air quality in their area, and to make informed decisions about their activity.  Founder Adrian Dybwad joined Chris and Nell on the show to talk about his company.


During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris learned about the Burn Smart Program in Summit County from Summit County's environmental health director Phil Bondurant.  Residents can receive financial support in order to swap out a wood-burning stove for a cleaner and healthier source of heat.  Phil also discussed the County's air quality monitoring efforts with Purple Air and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment.

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Michael Erb, post-doctoral researcher at Northern Arizona University, regarding a recent publication by 19 scientists from 8 countries.  Using 700 data sources, the group reconstructed 2000 years of climate history to  reveal that although parts of the planet have warmed and cooled in the past, no past events compare in magnitude and geographic extent to the unprecedented warming we are currently experiencing.  

During the final segment of the show, Chris and Nell spoke with high school students Mia Vinding and Calder McEneany about their lobbying efforts in DC with Citizens Climate Lobby and their upcoming Mayors Town Hall on Air and Climate Solutions to discuss this potential carbon fee and dividend system.

During the second half of the show, economist and stand up comedian Dr. Yoram Bauman joined Chris and Nell to discuss the proposed state bill called Clear the Carbon Tax Act, for which a group of Utahns is currently collecting signatures.  It would put a price on carbon to help fund clean air initiatives, remove the tax on groceries, and support economic development in rural Utah.  

During the first segment of the show, Luke Cartin, Park City Municipal Sustainability, joined Chris and Nell to share the developing details on an upcoming Park City event, the Mountain Towns 2030 Conference.  Among other opportunities, locals will  be invited to purchase tickets to a presentation by Jane Goodall.  

Record Low Sea Ice At Both Polls

Jul 16, 2019

Walt Meier, Senior Research  Scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center out of Boulder, Colorado talks about the record low sea ice presently being observed at BOTH poles; not just the Arctic but the Antarctic as well.  The Arctic extent of sea ice is on a path to match the lowest year ever recorded - 2012, while Antarctic sea ice has been in retreat for the past five years.              

Jason Christensen, Water Resource Manager from Park City Municipal talks about the progress the City is making in reducing the communities water use by 25% by the year 2025 (using the year 2000 as a baseline).  He explains what the city is doing what the city is doing to lower leaks within the city's delivery network and, how homeowners are lowering their demand by a significant margin.      

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris talk with author Summer Rayne Oakes about the benefits and logistics of growing plants in your home, and about her new book, How to Make a Plant Love You: Cultivating Green Space in Your Home and Heart.  

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris learn about the latest research on the Salt Lake Valley's Jordan River, and the surprising results about where the water in the river comes from, and how it is impacted by nutrients from the community around it. Dr. Rose Smith, professor at the University of Utah joins Chris and Nell to share the details.

During the second half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Melissa Marsted, local Park City author of a series of children's books focusing on National Parks, native wildlife, and environmental issues through the eyes of a wildlife narrator.  

During the first half of the show, Nell and Chris spoke with Brian McInerney as they do every solstice and equinox for an update on weather and climate.  A record breaking wet spring has provided many benefits to our streams, reservoirs, and soils, but also causes some challenges.  Tune in to learn more!

Christopher Thomas works with the Utah Sierra Club and the Beyond Coal Campaign.  The purpose of the Beyond Coal Campaign is to aid efforts in retiring coal plants while working to transition communities who have been dependent on coal to other industries. Basically, working to reinvent power in a way that is sustainable, healthy, accessible to all, and economically viable. Christopher Thomas joins Chris and Nell on the program to talk about the campaign, it’s message and goals and how you can participate and become involved.

During the second half of This Green Earth, Nell and Chris chat with Jennifer Gardner,  local Park City resident who recently took on the design and construction of an environmentally conscious home.  Learn about her experiences, her challenges, and her tips for those who want to follow in her footsteps.  

During the first half of This Green Earth, Nell and Chris spoke with Bren Smith, commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer about his new book:  Eat Like a Fish - My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer.  Bren shared his thoughts on how we can transform our food system while enjoying nutritious, locally grown food, and how in the process, restorative ocean farming can create new jobs and help to address climate change.