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Jen Marlow (left) and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos (right) at the Three Degrees Conference, May 27–29, 2009.

Jeni Krencicki Barcelos


Jeni 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.

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Jen Marlow


Jen MarlowJen Marlow graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 and is a member of the Washington State Bar. 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 at UW Law School in 2009, serving as an inaugural fellow to the project. Jen graduated from Middlebury College in 2002, where she studied environmental studies and literature with John Elder and Bill McKibben. After graduating, Jen worked as an editor at award-winning Orion magazine, and then as the communications associate for the Portland–based think tank Ecotrust (and authored a column in Edible Portland). Jen also co-founded the Next Generation Leadership Retreat at The Center for Whole Communities to provide leadership opportunities for emerging environmental and social justice leaders. During law school, Jen advised the Washington Environmental Council and Sightline Institute on legal barriers to developing fair climate policies for Washington state, interned for the Berman Environmental Law Clinic, and externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour.

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Brandon Derman


Brandon Derman is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington (UW), where his NSF-supported dissertation research examines civil society and governmental roles and interactions as aspects of climate change policy and governance at the UNFCCC, in the EU, and in the US.  He has taught at UW in the geography department, the Law, Societies and Justice program, and for the Three Degrees Project.  Brandon holds a bachelors degree with honors from the University of Michigan, and an MA in geography from Hunter College CUNY, where his thesis, a multi-criteria GIS decision analysis tool for transportation planning, won the College’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis award.

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Advisory board members

David Battisti

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Tamaki Endowed Chair, University of Washington

Stephen Gardiner

Associate Professor in Philosophy and the Program on Values in Society, University of Washington

Michael (Mickey) Glantz

Director, Consortium for Capacity Building

Gregory Hicks

Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

Christine Ingebritsen

Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington

Ross Macfarlane

Senior Advisor, Business Partnerships, Climate Solutions, Seattle, Washington

William H. Rodgers, Jr.

Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

James Gustave Speth

Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean Emeritus, Sara Shallenberger Brown Professor in the Practice of Environmental Policy, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University

Michele Storms

Executive Director and Assistant Dean for Public Service, William H. Gates Public Service Law Program, University of Washington School of Law

Project collaborators

Art Wolfe, Inc.
Center for Whole Communities
Climate Solutions
Consortium for Capacity Building, University of Colorado at Boulder
Face the Change, University of California at Berkeley
Facing Climate Change
Gates Public Service Law Program
Island Climate Adaptation Research Center, University of HawaiiRe-Locate Project
Re-Vision LabsSeattle Art MuseumUnited Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Bergen OfficeUniversity of Washington Center on Human RightsUniversity of Washington School of LawWorldchanging.org



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Top-left: Climbing Poetree performs at the Three Degrees Conference.
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About Our Name

Named after our founding conference on The Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, we call ourselves Three Degrees for three reasons:

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 three degrees Celsius for the 21st 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.

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