Sustainable Economies Law Center

  • One of SELC's Legal Eats workshops.
    One of SELC's Legal Eats workshops.
  • SELC with Central Valley, California partners Center on Poverty, Race and the Environment.
    SELC with Central Valley, California partners Center on Poverty, Race and the Environment.
  • Janelle explaining Co-op squirrel funding.
    Janelle explaining Co-op squirrel funding.
  • Mark Stambler and SELC's Janelle Orsi.
    Mark Stambler and SELC's Janelle Orsi.
  • SELC with Central Valley, California partners Center on Poverty, Race and the Environment.
    SELC with Central Valley, California partners Center on Poverty, Race and the Environment.
  • Grant:
    General Operating Support
    Program:
    Ecological Agriculture
    Location:
    National

The Sustainable Economies Law Center provides essential legal tools—education, research, advice, and advocacy—to aid the transition to resilient local economies.

SELC charts the legal territory of the new economy, educating communities about the possibilities and limits of creative economic structures, and advocating for laws that clear the way for more sustainable economic development. SELC works at local, state, and national levels, and is the only national organization currently dedicated to providing legal tools to support the transition to more localized, resilient, sharing economies.

SELC’s Food Law and Policy Program provides resources to the organizations and enterprises that are re-imagining and re-making our food system. They provide legal guides, online resource libraries, workshops, videos, legal clinics, and other resources to assist enterprises and organizations in answering questions such as: How do we form and structure an entity? How do we structure contracts that govern economic relationships? What tax exemptions are available? How can we access local resources to finance an initiative? How do we manage access to and relationships with land? How can we navigate and apply health, safety, employment, land use, and other regulations?

In addition, SELC is building a list of policy proposals that will clear the legal path to small-scale and cooperative farming and food production.