New Winds Blowing off New England
Location: Hynson Lounge
CHESTERTOWN, MD—Stewardship of the oceans will be the topic Wednesday, Feb. 19, when a policy analyst and a consultant with working ties to the National Ocean Council come to Washington College to lead a documentary screening and discussion. The event takes place at 4 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, and is free and open to the public.
The featured documentary, Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea (2013), is the second installment in an award-winning series from Green Fire Productions. It tells the inspiring story of citizens working together for healthier economies and healthier seas along the New England coast, a region steeped in old maritime tradition and now tested by a modern wave of big ships, energy industries and a changing climate. In a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning—pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy—longtime residents and newcomers are working together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.
Introducing the film and leading the discussion afterward will be Jonathan Andrechik, a policy analyst in the Energy and Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Don Chapman, the president of Uncas Consulting Services, a firm that focuses on Native American economic development and policies.
A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Coast Guard, Andrechik works as a policy analyst in the Energy and Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The role of OSTP is to provide the President and his senior staff with information and advice and ensure that the policies of the Executive Branch are properly coordinated and backed by sound science. Andrechik also works for the National Ocean Council, the White House agency charged with implementing the National Ocean Policy.
Don Chapman’s firm, Uncas Consulting, works with Native American Tribal representatives on the National Ocean Council. From 2009 to 2011 he served as the first Senior Policy Advisor on Native American Affairs in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is a member of the Washington College Parents Council.
Andrechik and Chapman will give an introduction and provide context for the documentary and will lead a Q&A discussion afterward.