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"Offshore Environmental Program and Science & Policy Perspectives"

William Yancy Brown
Chief Environmental Officer
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Thursday, October 23, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bren Hall 1414

Yancy Brown

William Yancy Brown, will speak about the offshore energy mission of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and discuss how the agency's Office of Environmental Programs is integrated into bureau program activities to meet its environmental stewardship responsibilities. He will also highlight the bureau’s Pacific environmental studies related to scientific assessment and environmental monitoring both offshore and in coastal environments. BOEM's Pacific region is currently working toward developing renewable offshore energy along the west coast and in Hawaii. In addition, he will discuss careers related to ocean science.

William Yancy Brown oversees federal environmental science and assessment for energy development on the outer continental shelf at the BOEM. A scientist and lawyer, he has a distinguished career in government, nonprofit institutions, and the private sector, where he has provided leadership for environmental issues and scientific and cultural institutions.

Dr. Brown was a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution immediately before joining BOEM. As Science Advisor to Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt during the Clinton Administration, he advanced science funding and a range of policies for environmental conservation. In his numerous other positions, he has served as President and CEO of the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts, President and CEO of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, President and CEO of the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, and Vice President of Waste Management, Inc., where he chaired the company's executive environmental committee and implemented a comprehensive global corporate environmental policy. He earned his JD from Harvard Law School, his PhD in Zoology from the University of Hawaii where he was an NSF Graduate Fellow, his MAT from Johns Hopkins University, and his BA in Biology from the University of Virginia.

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