What We Do

Legal education, research, advice, and advocacy for just and resilient economies.

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) builds community economic prosperity by creating legal structures for and removing legal barriers to localized production, democratic job creation, and monetary abundance. Growing economic disparities and ecological crises mandate that communities rapidly establish local projects and enterprises that provide a sustainable source of locally controlled jobs, food, housing, transportation, and energy.

Founded in 2009 in response to a lack of legal expertise in the movement to create resilient and inclusive local economies, SELC provides essential legal tools -- education, research, advice, and advocacy -- to support this transition to localized, resilient economies. Our work focuses on practices that promote justice and sharing, including cooperatives, community currenciescommunity enterpriseslocal investingcohousingurban agriculture, and other innovative economic strategies.

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Based in Oakland, California, SELC is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Ventures, a California 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.