Episode #80: Nazz Kurth, Petzl America

Matt chats with Nazz, the CEO of Petzl America, about the outdoor company, its products and its involvement in policy issues. They talk first about Petzl’s history and products, and how the company makes gear not just for rock climbers, but for anyone who works in “a vertical environment,” from …

Continue reading

Episode #79: Matt Slonaker, Utah Health Policy Project

The Matts chat about the very timely issues of health care and health coverage in Utah, focusing on UHPP‘s valuable advocacy. Slonaker speaks to how, while Utah’s uninsured rates has improved in recent years, it is still higher than other states with similar populations and demographics. He compares how the Affordable Care …

Continue reading

Episode #77: Joan Card, Former Senior Policy Advisor, EPA Region 8

NOTE: Because Joan joined Matt via SKYPE, the audio quality at the beginning is less than idea. Because it’s such a good interview and the sound balances out after some time, we’re still posting it. We hope you enjoy! This week, Joan speaks with Matt about her time as the …

Continue reading

Episode #76: Ken Sanders, Environmental Activism Historian & Rare Bookshop Owner

Matt chats with the founder and namesake of Ken Sanders Rare Books. They discuss how the history of environmentalism and literature in Utah have often gone together, discussing such literary giants such as Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner. Ken reminisces about his time spent with these great writers, and describes …

Continue reading

Episode #75: Natalie Blanton, Sage Mountain

Natalie joins Matt to chat about Sage Mountain Farm Animal Sanctuary. As the Director of Communications (and a doctoral student within Environmental Sociology and Gender at the University of Utah), Natalie works to challenge the current food system through educational programs and creating a physical space for rescued farm animals. This organization …

Continue reading

Episode #74: Cheryl Fox, Summit Land Conservancy

Matt chats with Cheryl about her organization’s work protecting and preserving land in Park City, Summit County and beyond. They talk primarily about the current drive to preserve Bonanza Flats, a 1,350 acre parcel in the Wasatch which will be developed if local governments and nonprofits can’t raise $38 million by …

Continue reading

Episode #71: Erin Mendenhall, Salt Lake City Councilwoman

Matt has a wide-ranging chat with Erin about air quality, politics and homelessness. They discuss Erin’s tenure at Breathe Utah and the historic climate goals Salt Lake City has committed to. They then turn to discussing a high profile local issue — homeless shelters and Erin’s concerns about the (now cancelled) …

Continue reading

Episode #70: Tyler Poulson, Salt Lake City Sustainability (SLCgreen)

Matt chats with Tyler, the city’s Sustainability Program Manager, about SLC’s’s efforts to push effective climate change policies. First, they talk about the greenhouse gas inventory the city did, which found that the biggest part of the carbon footprint of the average city resident comes from buying power from Rocky Mountain …

Continue reading