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L - Alphabetical Listing of Selected Important Terms and Concepts in Sustainable Development



Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
“[I]s a certification system that “recognizes leading edge buildings that incorporate design, construction and operational practices that combine healthy, high-quality and high-performance advantages with reduced environmental impacts”.”

SOURCE:
(2008). Sustainability: Glossary - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) [online]. Vancouver 2010. Available from: http://www.vancouver2010.com/en/Sustainability/Glossary [Re-accessed: 07 March 2008].


Local Currency
More often found “…in the United States [but a prominent one is found in Toronto, Canada] in the early 1900s, local currencies are a legal… tool for citizens to support local economies. Local currencies function on a regional scale the same way that national currencies have functioned on a national scale—building the regional economy by creating a protective “membrane” that is defined by the currency itself. Local businesses that accept the currency are distinguished from chain stores that do not, building greater affinity between citizens of the region and their local merchants. Individuals choosing to use the currency make a conscious commitment to buy locally first, taking personal responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their community, laying the foundation of a truly vibrant, thriving local economy.”

SOURCE:
Local Currencies
[online]. The E.F. Schumacher Society. Available from: http://www.schumachersociety.org/local_currencies.html [Re-accessed: 07 March 2008].