About SELC

The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. Our team of more than 80 dedicated attorneys stands up for all the things you love about this special region—clean water, healthy air, mountains and forests, the coast.

By working at the national, regional, state, and local levels, and in all three branches of government, this nonprofit organization is able to do what it takes to get results. SELC strengthens laws, we make government agencies do their job, and, when necessary, we go to court to stop environmental abuses or to set far-reaching precedents.

SELC is a non-profit supported by individuals, families and foundations

9 offices

In the Southeast & Capitol Hill

80+ attorneys

Law and policy experts in their fields

200+ active cases

Throughout our 6 states

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Broken Ground

SELC's new podcast digging up environmental stories in the south that don't always get the attention they deserve.
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Winter Newsletter 2019/20

  • Clean Water Act on the Ground
  • Coal Company Wants to Mine Protected Lands on Cumberland Plateau
  • Union Hill's Day in Court
  • North Carolina Advancing Toward Quick Action on Strong Climate Change Plan

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“The Southern Environmental Law Center works behind the scenes to make a difference for future generations. This organization leads conservation initiatives in six southern states to strengthen environmental protection laws and policies.”

Southern Living