About Us

Our mission

To protect the basic right to clean air, clean water, and a livable climate; to preserve our region’s natural treasures and rich biodiversity; and to provide a healthy environment for all.

Our approach

We are the Southern Environmental Law Center — the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental legal advocacy organization rooted in and focused on the South.

As lawyers, policy and issue experts, and community advocates and partners, we take on the toughest challenges to protect our air, water, land, wildlife, and the people who live here. And we win.

Transforming our region away from fossil fuel to clean energy, righting environmental injustice, stopping pollution, and protecting nature—When we solve these issues here, we lead the way for others.

 That’s why we say, Solutions start in the South.

We are one of the nation’s most powerful defenders of the environment, rooted right here in the South.

Our impact

We’re the muscle and the heart behind landmark environmental actions.

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Our focus

We protect our air, water, climate, wildlife, lands, and the people who live here.

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Our people

As lawyers, policy and issue experts, and community advocates and partners, we take on the toughest environmental challenges.

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Our partners

Our partnership organizations enable us to accomplish our collective goals.

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SELC is committed to reflecting greater racial and cultural diversity and embedding equity and inclusiveness throughout our organization and the work we do.

Our history

As one of the nation’s first environmental lawyers, Rick Middleton founded the Southern Environmental Law Center in 1986 to focus on protecting and bettering the communities and places he called home, and the region he loved most: the South.

Our financials

The Southern Environmental Law Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is run like a good business.

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