Jennifer Krenicki Barcelos
FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jennifer Krencicki Barcelos served as a Gates Public Service Law Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, where she focused on the intersection of climate change and human rights law. While in law school, Jeni co-organized the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights in May 2009, and co-founded the Three Degrees Project at the University of Washington School of Law, of which she now shares the role of Executive Director. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at Berkeley and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she co-developed and taught Yale’s first graduate course on Environmental Security. Jeni helped design and coordinate the founding of the Progressive Ideas Network – a national alliance of multi-issue think tanks and advocacy organizations. Jeni’s more recent work includes advising Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based think tank, about legal and policy recommendations for states to use in implementing more just climate policies to low-income families. She has been volunteering her time with The Climate Reality Project since 2006, assisting in the dissemination of Al Gore’s global educational campaign on climate change. Jeni is also an editor of “Climate Change: A Reader,” an academic text published in 2011 by Carolina Academic Press.
FOUNDER & CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Jen Marlow graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 and is a member of the Washington State Bar. While in law school, Jen co-organized the Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, and co-founded the Three Degrees Project on climate justice, serving as an inaugural fellow to the project. She interned for the Berman Environmental Law Clinic, and externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour. Jen graduated from Middlebury College in 2002, where she studied environmental studies and literature with John Elder and Bill McKibben. She has worked as an editor at award-winning Orion magazine, communications associate for Portland–based think tank Ecotrust (authoring a column in Edible Portland), and co-founder of the Next Generation Leadership Retreat at The Center for Whole Communities. Jen is committed to developing a climate justice practice, which has emerged from her work advising the Washington Environmental Council and Sightline Institute on legal barriers to developing fair climate policies for Washington state, co-founding Three Degrees Warmer, joining the Our Children’s Trust campaign as a pro bono attorney to support Youth demanding legal protections for a healthy atmosphere, curating the Re-Locate Kivalina project, and building Re-Locate LLC, a small business developing renewable, relocatable infrastructure and services for climate-displaced communities.
About Our Name
Three Degrees Warmer takes its name after our founding Three Degrees Conference on The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights.
1. Our work makes climate impacts three dimensional by applying climate science to human and social policies for justice.
2. Our climate justice initiatives build three degrees of change, at local, national, and international levels.
3. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts a global average temperature rise of at least three degrees Celsius by the end of the century. While the international community has taken efforts to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius, without a legally binding cap, many scientists predict a significantly warmer world.
After graduation from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1998 and the Arizona State University School of Law in 2001, where she served as co-executive editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology, she clerked for the Hon. John C. Gemmill on the Arizona Court of Appeals. She has served as an Honors Attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation, In-House Legal Counsel for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe, and Staff Attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center. Her environmental law practice focuses on reducing pollution from industrial agricultural operations, protecting and enhancing instream flows for people and fish, and fighting climate change on behalf of young people and future generations. Andrea is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Northern California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Tenth Circuit, the Snoqualmie Tribal Court, the Lummi Indian Nation Tribal Court and the Muckleshoot Tribal Court. In 2016, Seattle Met Magazine recognized her legal work representing youth in the Washington Atmospheric Trust Litigation case in King County Superior Court against the Washington Department of Ecology, and named her part of their “Perfect Party,” which includes the “month’s most interesting locals and newsmakers.”
Victoria Hykes Steere
An Iñupiat from the Norton Sound community of Unalakleet, Victoria Hykes Steere holds degrees from Colby College and the University of Iowa College of Law. She completed a master’s degree at the University of Washington School of Law, concentrating on law and policy involving the environment, natural resources, human rights and public land. She participated in 2001 as an expert at a United Nations workshop on resource development and its effects on indigenous peoples. In 2011, she joined the APU Liberal Studies Department where, among other course offerings, she designed a class that explores social responsibility using biographies of Alaska Native leaders. She won the 2013 Caleb Pungowiyi Award presented by the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Michele Storms is the Deputy Director at ACLU-WA. Michele first became involved in the work of Three Degrees Warmer when she was the Executive Director of the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program, and Assistant Dean for Public Service at the University of Washington School of Law. Working with the co-founders of Three Degrees Warmer on climate change projects at UW Law was one of her great joys at UW Law. Prior to her position with UW Law, Michele was the statewide advocacy coordinator at both the Northwest Justice Project and Columbia Legal Services where she coordinated civil legal aid advocacy in the areas of family law, youth and education, housing, elder law, Native American and right to counsel issues. Over the years, Ms. Storms has provided training and has written on topics such as leadership and diversity and has served as a facilitator for meetings and retreats for non-profit organizations. In 2016 Michele was awarded the Norm Maleng Leadership Award from the Washington State Bar Association and was also awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Civil Rights Section.
Professor Lauren Sancken is a Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law. She teaches in the first-year Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing program, as well as courses in persuasive writing. She will be teaching a seminar course on special topics in climate displacement communities. Professor Sancken earned her B.A. in History of Science from Harvard College and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law, where she was the Executive Comments Editor of the Pacific Rim Law &Policy Journal, now the Washington International Law Journal. Prior to joining the UW law faculty, Ms. Sancken worked as an associate at K&L Gates, LLP in Seattle, where she is still a staff attorney. Her practice includes complex commercial disputes, including construction law, Indian law, real property, and consumer protection matters. She serves as a pro bono volunteer attorney to the King County Bar Association Housing Justice Project, a clinic that assists low-income tenants facing eviction, the Duwamish Tribe regarding its federal acknowledgment effort, and Three Degrees Warmer. She also serves on the boards of Washington Women Lawyers and Maravilla Health.
Project Advisors & Contributors
Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington
Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society, University of Washington
Past & Current Project Collaborators
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Bergen Office
Our Children’s Trust
“The world needs real, not rhetorical, adaptation policies. Even if every person on the planet stopped emitting the greenhouse gases from fossil fuels today, elevated levels of carbon dioxide will linger in the atmosphere for thousands of years.”
– Jennifer Marlow and Jennifer Barcelos | Founders | Three Degrees Warmer