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

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.

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.  

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. 

Over the past 150 years, the Great Salt Lake has shrunk by nearly one third, exposing a significant amount of the dry lake bed.  When storms come from the west the dust that gets picked up is often deposited on the snow pack of the Wasatch Range. A University of Utah study published last month concludes that dust from the lake is accelerating snow melt by as much as one week each year. Dr. McKenzie Skiles, the lead author of the report, joins Chris and Nell to discuss the study. 

Writer and director, Mathew Testa joins Chris and Nell to discuss his new film, The Human Element.   It’s a film that reveals how environmental change is affecting our lives on an almost daily basis, and how a more balanced relationship with the planet is critical to our future health and wellbeing.

Chris and Nell speak with professor Rob Davies with the Physics Department at Utah State University. Among other things, Dr. Davies covers the physics underlying climate change and why, as he puts it, "it’s real, it’s us, it’s bad, we’re sure." He also previews a talk he is giving on this subject on January 14th at the Park City Hospital.

In the second part of the program, Chris and Nell turn their attention to the states ongoing drought.  The governor declared a formal state of emergency with respect to our drought back in October. Since then, the state has been attempting to collect better precipitation data from around the state.  One idea is to recruit local citizens or groups to become precipitation monitors and forward that data to the state.