After graduating high school, Douglas attended the University of Tennessee, but did not complete a degree. He ran for Congress in Tennessee in 1972, but did not win. He worked as a social justice organizer for the Sierra Club before being hired as director of Greater Birmingham Ministries in 1993. Douglas played a role in creating Alabama Arise and Pathways.
As a candidate in the 2009 Birmingham mayoral election, Douglas promised to look for initiatives that combined sustainability with job creation, such as weatherizing homes, improving mass transit and recruiting green business. He finished sixth of 14 candidates with 201 of the 34,931 votes cast.
- Faulk, Kent (November 12, 2009) "Scott Douglas launches campaign for mayor of Birmingham." Birmingham News
- Carapucci, Kim (November 12, 2009) "Scott Douglas joins Birmingham mayor's race". CBS42.com
- Faulk, Kent (December 3, 2009) "Birmingham mayor's race: Scott Douglas wants green program, jobs." Birmingham News
- Gray, Jeremy (January 14, 2012) "Birmingham's Scott Douglas appears on 'Colbert Report'." Birmingham News
- Scott Douglas campaign website