About The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund – CELDF

“The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit, public interest law firm providing free and affordable legal services to communities facing threats to their local environment, local agriculture, the local economy, and quality of life.” – About Us, CELDF

CELDF works with communities to establish Community Rights – such that communities are empowered to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their residents and the natural environment, and establish environmental and economic sustainability.


Rebel Towns

“Sugar Hill became one of dozens of communities nationwide—mostly villages but also the city of Pittsburgh—that have reacted to environmental threats by directly challenging the Constitution and established case law.”

“The leading champion of this confrontational strategy—which has its share of critics, even among progressives who share the sense of desperation that is driving it—is a bearish 43-year-old attorney named Thomas Linzey.”

“Linzey runs the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, a Pennsylvania nonprofit that advocates for local self-government and the rights of nature.” Rebel Towns – The Nation,  (or Download the PDF here)



So Your Community is Going to be Fracked, Mined, Factory Farmed, or fill in the blank…

CELDF’s Executive Director Thomas Linzey’s keynote – At the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Eugene Oregon, Download The Keynote Address Here

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control – A Pennsylvania Judge Holds That Corporations Are Not “Persons” Under the Pennsylvania Constitution

Longmont: Opportunities Lost: When the Law is on the Other Side

How to Ban Fracking Despite Corporate Rights and State Preemption



Democracy School

CELDF Learn the Issues

CELDF Publications