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									                    HERD VolumE 2, NumbER 4, pp 89–91 CopyRigHt ©2009 VENDomE gRoup, llC   Editor’s Column


Going Green: A New Design
Imperative
Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNSc, RN, FACHE, FAAN




“Green Is the New Red, White and                                     fossil-based fuels, destruction of the
Blue” is the title of a chapter in Thom-                             earth’s natural resources, the dump-
as L. Friedman’s book entitled Hot,                                  ing of toxic wastes into the ecosys-
Flat and Crowded. This thought-pro-                                  tem, and exploitation of the land.
voking book analyzes how the world
has arrived at the Energy-Climate                                    This issue of HERD features articles
Era, in which there are significant en-                              on the sustainable design of health-
ergy supply and demand imbalances,                                   care facilities, and a poignant edito-
dependence on fossil fuels, and other                                rial by our guest editor, Robin Guen-
environmentally unfriendly practices                                 ther, provides insight into the critical
                                         Jaynelle F. Stichler, DNSc,
that threaten our climate and result         RN, FACHE, FAAN         nature of this initiative. Sustainabil-
in substantial challenges to our future health ity in design is a crucial issue, because what we are
and well-being (Friedman, 2008). Although the doing about resource utilization, environmental
challenge of determining how we can halt the pollution, and energy consumption is becoming
accelerating pace of energy consumption and visible and measurable in our communities. We
stop polluting our world with toxic wastes seems have many opportunities to make a difference in
daunting, Friedman (2008) describes the prob- energy conservation and the protection of the en-
lem of changing the direction of the entire world vironment by adopting a culture and philosophy
to a more sustainable future as “a series of great of sustainability that meets current needs without
opportunities disguised as insoluble problems” compromising the ability of future generations to
(p. 170). His optimistic view is bas
								
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