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We are SELC

Nonprofit and nonpartisan, we are the Southern Environmental Law Center. The South’s largest and most effective environmental advocate and protector.

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Our focus

As lawyers, policy and issue experts, and community advocates and partners, we take on the toughest environmental challenges facing the South and the country. We defend and protect our air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and the people who live here. And we win.

What we do

SELC’s podcast Broken Ground digs up untold stories from around the South.

Our states

We are respected for our deep understanding of the places, politics, and culture of the South, and our knowledge of and willingness to do what it takes to get results. With more than 100 lawyers and a total staff of 200 working in nine offices across six states and Washington, D.C., we champion this beautiful, complex region because we live here and we love it.

Our accomplishments

We’re the muscle and the heart behind landmark actions with national and global impacts. The critical work we do in court, in government, and in our communities helps shape environmental policies and protections.

Our Impact

We can solve the most complex environmental challenges starting in the South.