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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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