How Can A New Sports Arena Be ‘Eco-Friendly’ When There’s An Existing Arena Right Down The Street?

Eco Friendly SODO Arena designSeattle sports fans are in a frenzy about professional basketball possibly returning to the Emerald City. Chris Hansen is leading the effort and contingent to bringing an NBA basketball team back is building a new $490 million arena for the franchise in Seattle’s SODO (South Downtown) district. The proposed arena has gone through many changes and the latest design from 360 Architecture is being billed as “eco-friendly.” Here are some of the SODO Arena’s eco-specs (from Seattle Times):

“The architects for investor Chris Hansen on Tuesday also outlined ideas to make the facility environmentally sustainable, from capturing and reusing rainwater to solar heating and generating energy for the surrounding neighborhood.”

All great and definitely better than not having eco-features but it’s still tough for me to buy into this arena because Seattle already has the Key Arena that was renovated in 1995.Key Arena Seattle The 17,000 seat Key Arena has been hosting all levels of basketball, hockey and concerts since the NBA Sonics left in 2008. A little scrub and polish and the Key would be more than adequate to host a NBA team again.

Eco-friendly’ing up the proposed SODO Arena is wonderful. So what would bringing professional basketball back to Seattle and using the existing Key Arena? That would be Jubbling. [Seattle Times]

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‘Eco-Friendly And Stylish’ Areaware Wood Flashlight. (Hint: Eco-Friendly and Stylish = Expensive)

Areawear Wood FlashlightGreat looking but you’ll pay through the nose for this $49 Areaware Wood Flashlight. It’s described as “eco-friendly and stylish” but when you think about flashlights and how they are mishandled, bright and durable are probably words you want to describe your flashlight. Not a good idea to invest $49 on a eco-stylish, eco-suavé wooden flashlight. [Gizmodo]

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Chicago’s Greenway Self-Park: Should A Parking Garage Ever Be Considered Earth Friendly?

Greenway Self-Park ChicagoGrid Chicago has an interesting article on the Greenway Self-Park which has been self-labeled as “Chicago’s first earth friendly parking garage.” What the … earth friendly parking garage? Its developer, Friedman Properties, did build some eco features into the parking garage that include lighting that auto-dims in sunlight, electricity-generating wind turbines (that may or may not work), it’s built with locally sourced materials and it has a green roof to mitigate runoff. They even incorporated a VW Bug with green leaves spewing from its exhaust in their logo. All good but should a parking garage ever be considered earth friendly?

I don’t want to hate on Friedman Properties too much because they tried to build a more eco / environmentally / sustainable parking garage but judging by the article’s comments, most people aren’t buying it and they’re seeing right through the thin green label.

That’s why we think FP needs to strip away the green from their logo and in the future, refer to their garage as earth friendlier versus earth friendly. Self-applying the earth friendly label is always risky – trying to apply it to a 715 space parking garage is just plain foolish. [Grid Chicago}

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When Going Green Made People Feel Green: The Eco Dry Toilets That Stunk.

Waterless Eco-Toilet from SEI (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/)Jubbling has had a little eco-reflux lately. That’s why stories like the one about the Daxing Ecological Community stand out. It was built in the mid-2000’s and one of the featured ideas implemented in this drought plagued community was a waterless eco-toilet designed by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI).

The way the eco-toilet worked was targeted weewee would go down one drain and the solid stuff would be caught, saw-dusted and flipped down another drain into a holding tank in the basement. The tank would be emptied 2 or 3 times per month and the collected poo-business could be turned into fertilizer. In theory, the waterless eco-toilet sounded like a great idea.

But the problems with the toilets were almost immediate. Residents were overwhelmed with an ammonia smell that their bathroom fans couldn’t expel fast enough. And the smell from the unsealed poo-poo holding tanks in the basement raised the stink level to a point that some refused to eat in their apartments – they ate meals on their balcony. 15% of the households also reported gynecological problems stemming from the dispersal of sawdust.

SEI sent in experts who called the builders “irresponsible” and sealed the holding tanks and made improvements to the fans. But these were temporary fixes and the residents were still not happy until flushing toilets were installed in 2009.

Rarely would I be asked or able to offer my expert opinion on any topic but I could’ve helped the Daxing Ecological Community on this one. In 1976, my family stayed at an eco mini-community in the countryside of Japan. It was designed around sustainability and one of its flagship ideas was waterless toilets that used natural gas to incinerate solids. The smell of fried dookie wafted through our cabin and it’s an odor you smell once and never forget. For us kids, crap-cooking was at first kind of neat. But by day three, the novelty had worn off and we were all anxious to get out of there.

So idea people, please don’t mess with the toilet much. There are so many other ways to reduce water use – eco’ing up the toilet should probably be last on the list. [Guardian]

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Is It Possible To Have An Eco-Friendly, Green, Sustainable And Vegan Super Bowl Party? Should You?

We decided to re-post our article on how much you should or shouldn’t Jubbling-up your Super Bowl party this Sunday. Most of it still works except this year, the game is between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Not rooting for either team so we hope the game ends up in a TIE.

Eco-friendly, Green, Sustainable and Vegan Super Bowl Party?

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It seems like every major holiday and event arrives with a spate of green and eco-friendly articles on how to enjoy it and this year’s Super Bowl is no different. From what you eat and drink to how you watch the Super Bowl; ideas for “greening up” the Super Bowl and Super Bowl parties are everywhere and it can be a little overwhelming. You can even find vegan recipes ideas to serve at your Super Bowl party. Please note, if you do go the vegan route, you must forewarn your guests or just go all the way and secretly add the O’Douls non-alcoholic beer to the mix so the beating you receive when they find out is even more deserved.

This prompted Jubbling to offer one Super Bowl recommendation of its own: don’t feel compelled to over green it. Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Super Bowl Maybe it’s at your house or at a local bar – either way, enjoy the game and try not to think too much about what you might be doing wrong. We can Tofurky the heck out of Thanksgiving and Valentines Day was almost invented for Jubbling but the Super Bowl is different. It’s a day with friends that is as much about indulging [some] as it is a day that Janet Jackson can expose her breast on national TV. Implement the Jubbling ideas that work but don’t over do it.

Lets face it, shooting and then roasting a berry loving Black Bear because you hate the Chicago Bears is extreme but so is watching the Super Bowl on a 5.5″ black & white hand-cranked TV while munching on tree bark. Find your Jubbling happy place, do what you can and then relish the Green Bay Packers victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers this Super Sunday. And don’t feel the need to root for the Packers because they’re “Green” Bay.

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Is It Possible To Have An Eco-Friendly, Green, Sustainable And Vegan Super Bowl Party? Should You?

Eco-friendly, Green, Sustainable and Vegan Super Bowl Party?It seems like every major holiday and event arrives with a spate of green and eco-friendly articles on how to enjoy it and this year’s Super Bowl is no different. From what you eat and drink to how you watch the Super Bowl; ideas for “greening up” the Super Bowl and Super Bowl parties are everywhere and it can be a little overwhelming. You can even find vegan recipes ideas to serve at your Super Bowl party. Please note, if you do go the vegan route, you must forewarn your guests or just go all the way and secretly add the O’Douls non-alcoholic beer to the mix so the beating you receive when they find out is even more deserved.

This prompted Jubbling to offer one Super Bowl recommendations of its own: don’t feel compelled to over green it. Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction Super Bowl Maybe it’s at your house or at a local bar – either way, enjoy the game and try not to think too much about what you might be doing wrong. We can Tofurky the heck out of Thanksgiving and Valentines Day was almost invented for Jubbling but the Super Bowl is different. It’s a day with friends that is as much about indulging [some] as it is a day that Janet Jackson can expose her breast on national TV. Implement the Jubbling ideas that work but don’t over do it.

Lets face it, shooting and then roasting a berry loving Black Bear because you hate the Chicago Bears is extreme but so is watching the Super Bowl on a 5.5″ black & white hand-cranked TV while munching on tree bark. Find your Jubbling happy place, do what you can and then relish the Green Bay Packers victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers this Super Sunday. And don’t feel the need to root for the Packers because they’re “Green” Bay.

Related: NFL to Offset 15,000 Megawatts Sucked Down by Super Bowl XLV

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