Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) develops innovative policy recommendations and spearheads targeted legislative campaigns that enable more localized, just, and resilient economies.
National and State Level
Active National Campaigns
Active State Campaigns
- California Local Economies Securities Act (SB 577, AB 2751)
- California Worker Cooperative Act (AB 816 in 2015)
- California Neighborhood Food Act (AB 2561 in 2014)
- California Alternative Currencies Act (AB 129 in 2014)
- Act to Facilitate Creation of Cooperative Housing in California (AB 569 in 2014)
- California Homemade Food Act (AB 1616 in 2012)
- U.S. CROWDFUND Act
City and Regional Level
Active City and Regional Campaigns
Though the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) is an organization with global perspective and national scope, we are physically located in the heart of downtown Oakland, California and committed to remaining connected and active in our own community.
- Oakland Worker Cooperative Ordinance: We believe that worker cooperatives are one of the most effective community economic development tools available to cities, and have crafted this sample ordinance to help local governments foster strong worker cooperative economies. We're currently leading a multi-stakeholder campaign to get the city of Oakland to adopt this ordinance and become a leader in the U.S. cooperative movement. To read and comment on our draft Worker Cooperative Ordinance, click here. If you'd like to get involved in this advocacy effort, contact email@example.com.
- Oakland Climate Action Coalition: SELC is a member of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition (OCAC), a cross-sector collaboration leading Oakland’s response to climate change through sustainable, equitable, community-based economic development. The OCAC views low-income residents and communities of color as the main authors and architects of climate solutions and resilience. SELC is an active member in the OCAC's Resilience & Adaptation Committee and chairs the Priority Conservation Area (PCA) Committee. Learn more about PCAs here, and read about the culmination of our eight-month advocacy effort here.
City and Regional Policy Recommendations
Short-term residential rentals, like those facilitated by online platforms including Airbnb, Homeaway, and Flipkey, have become a popular alternative to traditional hotels in recent years. A drastic increase in short-term rental (STR) activity has many cities feeling the negative cumulative impacts of STRs on housing prices and availability, neighborhood quality, and public revenues. However STRs can also provide some benefits, including creating opportunities for income generation, diversifying travel options, and spreading tourism dollars to local residents and businesses. SELC's policy recommendations for equitable short-term rental regulation balance the potential benefits of STRs with the need for protection of important public interests. Click here to read or download Regulating Short-Term Rentals: A Guidebook for Equitable Policy.
Worker cooperatives create quality jobs, grow local wealth, and promote economic resilience. Local governments can be instrumental in fostering the development of worker cooperatives by removing several key barriers and providing essential technical, strategic, and financial support. We've drafted a worker cooperative development policy tailored to the city of Oakland, California, a perfect example of a city that could benefit from a thriving cooperative economy and everything that comes with it. The ordinance can be easily tailored to fit the needs of any U.S. city, and we welcome inquiries from cities wishing to adopt a similar policy. A working draft of the Oakland Worker Cooperative Ordinance is available here for review and comment.
Policies for Shareable Cities: A Primer for Urban Leaders is the first policy handbook of its kind. It includes over 30 recommended policies for how cities should regulate the true sharing economy in the areas of food, work, housing, and transportation. Click here to read or download the brief.
Ready to Spearhead Legislation in Your City or State?
SELC is building a menu of policy proposals to get you started. To create economically resilient communities, we need to change or create millions of city, state, and federal laws. These new laws would remove barriers to and create incentives for local food production, renewable energy projects, local industry, worker-owned enterprises, shared housing, and other aspects of thriving communities. SELC hopes to inspire thousands of people and community organizations to take on this advocacy!
More on SELC's Advocacy in California
- SELC supports California bill to establish the Nutrition Incentives Matching Grants Program (AB 1321) to create incentives for recipients of nutrition assistance programs (eg CalFRESH, food stamps) to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts at California farmers' markets and small retailers. Read more about it here.
- SELC opposes bill to ban right of local government to tax short term rentals (AB 1220). Read SELC's opposition letter here.
Yassi Eskandari-Qajar - yassi [at] theselc.org