This Green Earth

Tuesday, 9-10 AM

Hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson
Credit Mark Maziarz

This Green Earth is a weekly, hour-long program that focuses on the environment and environmentalism. Co-hosts Christopher Cherniak and Nell Larson explore the science, politics, economics and ethics behind the environment, natural resources, and sustainability.

The program includes interviews with local and national experts in the fields of water resources, air quality, environmental policy, fossil and renewable fuels, climate, conservation, ecosystems, agriculture, aquaculture, and sustainability.

TGE has interviewed a number of individuals from different environmental fields including: writers Andrew Revkin, Terry Tempest Williams, Craig Childs, Richard Louv and Paul Erlich; politicians like the Mayors of Park City and Salt Lake City; policy analysts from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Environmental Defense Fund; scientists and researchers from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to the National Weather Service; and, local sustainable business owners from Copper Moose Farm, Main Street Olive Oil Company, Whole Foods Market, and Fairweather Natural Foods.

Christopher Cherniak is an environmental engineer with nearly 30 years experience as an environmental consultant. Nell Larson is an environmental scientist, educator, and a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. Together, they direct This Green Earth's mission: to educate listeners about the importance of environmental preservation, conservation, and stewardship.

Contact Chris and Nell via email at thisgreenearth@kpcw.org.

What People are Saying About This Green Earth

"This Green Earth offers an in-depth analysis of current environmental issues that affect our local and global community.  The conversations between the hosts and their guests is enlightening and challenging, but at the same time has a light touch that makes the issues accessible to a wide listening audience.  An invaluable resource for our community." Katy Wang, Executive Director of Park City Film

"This Green Earth does an excellent job recruiting knowledgeable and interesting guests.  As someone who's been involved in the "green" sector for many years, I'm consistently impressed with the ability of Katie and Nell to introduce me to something new!"  Tyler Paulsen, former Sustainability Office, Park City Municipal

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Ways to Connect

This Green Earth - May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014

Professor Emeritus Stephen Kellert joins Nell and Chris in the first half of the show to discuss his book: "Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World".  After that, they discuss some items in the news including record carbon dioxide concentrations in the northern hemisphere.

Chris and Nell first speak with Dr. Michael Mann, Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and author of the book "The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars".   In the second half of the show, local bee keeper Doug Fryer joins them to talk about honey, hives and the latest findings regarding Colony Collapse Disorder.

  

This Green Earth - May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014

Chris and Nell first speak with Paul Burnett, Project Coordinator for Trout Unlimited.  Afterwards,they talk to Lynn Suksdorf, Executive Director at Temple Har Shalom about their new roof-top solar systems at the Temple.  Finally, Dave Kanter of Grid Point comes on to talk about energy efficiency software systems for commercial and industrial structures.

  

This Green Earth - May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014

Chris and Nell speak with Alan Weisman, author of "Countdown - Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth". Weisman asks:  How many humans can the planet hold and can we design economies that provide prosperity without endless growth?  His answers are as eye-opening as they are hopeful.

   

This Green Earth - April 30, 2014

Apr 30, 2014

Nell and Chris first talk bark beetles with Colleen Keyes of the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.  Some areas of Utah have had all of their spruce trees killed due to the beetle.   After that, they speak with Republic Services about what NOT to put in your recycling bin.

  

In honor of Earth Day, This Green Earth looks at environmental stewardship in terms of acts, educationand advocacy.  First, Dee Williams discusses the growing "tiny house" movement in the U.S. and why she enjoys living in an 84 square foot house.   Then Lisa Schneider of Habitat for Humanity comes on to talk about their latest LEED certified home, and finally Brent Giles from POWDR Corporation stops by to announce the winners of "Protect Your Playground".

This week Chris and guest co-host Larry Warren talk to Paul Murphy of Rocky Mountain Power abouttheir plans to build a 2 mega watt solar power plant in the southern part of the state.  An interesting development in light of the fact that Rocky Mountain Power stated just last year that they had no plans to develop new renewable energy systems over the next ten years.  Why the change?

Andrea Morgan joins Nell and Chris in the first part of the show to talk about genetically modified organisms and genetically engineered crops.  After that Nell provides an update on Alaska's Pebble Mine project and Chris explains the linkage between fracking and seismic activity.

This Green Earth - April 1, 2014

Apr 1, 2014

Nell and Chris speak with Jake Powell, a watershed coordinator with the Kamas Conservation District.  Learn what roles conservation districts play in protecting soil, water and natural resources.   Also, an update on the fire that occurred at an e-waste recyclingfacility in southern Utah earlier this month. Find out if your TV went up in flames.....

 

Chris Cherniak talks topics of sustainability. His first guest is Lisa Yoder, Sustainability Coordinator for Summit County, who has details on the 2014 - 2016 sustainability plan. Then, Brian McInerney, from the National Weather Service,  is in to talk about weather and climate.

First on today's show, hosts Chris Cherniak and Nell Larson talk with Lt. Col. Chip Elliott, an instructor of chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy. He'll reveal what the Army is doing in the areas of energy consumption and reduction. Author Emma Marris will follow to discuss her writings on nature and her book Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-wild World.

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This Green Earth - March 11, 2014

Mar 11, 2014

First guest is Nicky DeFord with Vail Resorts. She'll be talking about the company's various environmental programs and projects, both in Colorado and here at Canyons.   After that will be Jennifer Jackenthal, the director of PCCAPs.  Joining Jennifer will be Mike Wongwho will be describing one of the larger student-led designs; a plan to install solar panels on the roof ofthe high school.

Nell and Chris first talk to Tim Fehr, the project manager for the solar panel installation at The Shepherd of the Mountains Lutheran Church. Then they speak with Scott Kay of Metech Recycling, a business that specializes in disassembling and recycling electronic products and waste.

   

First up, representatives from Chipotle Restaurant join Nell and Chris to talk about their mission of "Food with Integrity", along with their new online series called "Farmed and Dangerous".  After that, they speak with author Fred Pearce about a piece he wrote for Conservation Magazine which describes the relationship TV is having on third-world women and fertility rates.

 

Chris and Nell's first guest is Brent Giles, Chief Sustainability Officerfor Powder Corp, which includes Park City Mountain Resort.   Brent will talk about "Protect Your Playground" a contest soliciting ideas from individuals on how to protect your natural surroundings and playgrounds, and how that idea could win you up to $2500!      Their second guest, Kevin Emersen, Senior Policy and Regulatory Associate  with Utah Clean Energy,  provides an update on all those clean air bills being considered by the state legislature.

  

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