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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Like Putting A Turd In A Hot Dog Bun: The 638 HP VLP Destino Has Fisker Karma Body And Corvette Heart.

VLP Destino - Fisker Body, Corvette HeartWait a second, didn’t Fisker get a $500 million loan from the US Department of Energy to build more fuel efficient electric vehicles? It sucks to think that a good chunk of the millions they spent designing the Karma EV is now being utilized by the roided up and fuel inefficient VLP Destino.

The franken-muscle VLP Destino was developed by Gilbert Villareal and former Ford, Chrysler and GM executive (and Chevy Volt supporter) Bob Lutz and it pairs a Corvette engine with the Fisker Karma body. From Wired:

“Together, they’ve [Villareal and Lutz] struck a deal with Fisker to provide decontented ‘rollers’ of the Karma, sans the dinky four-cylinder engine, battery pack and electric motors. In their place, VLP has fitted one beast of a motor: the Corvette ZR1′s supercharged 6.2-liter V8, good for 638 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. If that’s a bit much for your taste (or lack thereof), they’ll put in the Z06 ‘Vette’s 550-hp LS7, saving you about $20,000 in the process.”

Basically, they’re taking all that’s good about the Fisker Karma OUT and putting all that’s bad about consumption IN.

We have no choice but to mark this one down as a Jubbling shit sandwich. [Wired]

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Students From Hiroshima University And Humanix Build iSAVE-SC1. An Electric Car That’s Soft On Humans And The Environment.

iSAVE-SC1 electric car.It’s an older story that we missed but it’s worth bringing back.

The iSAVE-SC1 is a three-wheeled electric vehicle that has padded protection both inside and out. Here are some selling points for the iSAVE-SC1 EV:

  1. Travels 18 miles on a single charge.
  2. Can reach speeds of up to 31 mph.
  3. Electric so it’s environmentally friendly.
  4. Expected price is $9300
  5. Has a mattress strapped to its hood.

Basically, it has everything you’d ever want on your next new “electric” car. (Check out the mattress-free ELF from Organic Transport) [RocketNews 24]


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Christmas Tree + Jellyfish & Firefly Genes = Self-Lit Christmas Tree That Might Sting The Hell Out Of You.

Incredible Hulk Christmas TreeTreehugger posted the article, “Christmas Trees Given Jellyfish Genes Could Produce Their Own Light,” about the efforts of British genetic engineers to develop a luminescent Christmas tree. From the article:

“According to one BBC report, a team of postgraduate researchers from the University of Hertfordshire have devised a way to splice the bioluminescent properties of jellyfish and fireflies into the genes of a Douglas spruce, thereby creating a tree which would glow green both day and night, without adding a cent to your electricity bill.”

The Jubbling part of me is leaning toward “Yay! This might reduce the amount of electricity we consume lighting our Christmas tree.” But the other part of me has seen the movie “The Hulk” and knows this won’t turn out well. Sorry Jubbling; I’m listening to part 2 this time. [Treehugger]

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A Jubbling Exclusive: We Discovered What Happens To The Ostrich Pillow When It Grows Up.

Ostrich PillowThe micro-environment creating Ostrich Pillow is an in-office, in-airport, in-park and in-stuck in traffic nap generating chunk of awesomeness. It even made it on Treehugger (Eco-Friendly Mag) and Ecouterre. Jubbling had to find out more about the Ostrich Pillow and that’s when we stumbled upon the cold weather bodysuit (Ostrich Pillow 2.0?) from Femke Agema.

Femke Agema designed cold weather body suit.
Watch your ass Snuggie! [Femke Agema via Neatorama]

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Desperate For ELECTRIC Candlelight And All You Have Is A REGULAR Candle? Randofo Created A Solution.

Electric candle powered by tea light candle.

You can buy about 1,000,000 tea lights at Ikea for $1.99. With a fair-sized stock of small candles, I can keep my electric candle lit indefinitely. Thanks to my candle-powered electric candle, I know that I will never be left in the dark.
Randofo of his Candle-Powered Electric Candle


What’s not to love about the Candle-Powered Electric Candle? I get the feeling that Randofo’s candlelit electric-candle idea may have drawn some inspiration from the solar-powered tanning salon. Check out the Candle-Powered Electric Candle’s gem of a backstory. [Instructables via Boing Boing]

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