It’s been a busy news week filled with a historic inauguration, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, continued coverage of bird stricken Flight 1549, and Oscar nominations. It’s also been an active week in the world of green building, design and housekeeping. Some items from across the World Wide Interwebs worth perusing:

Inhabitat reports on the groundbreaking of Rock Row, an affordable development in LA’s Eagle Rock neighborhood that’s the city’s first small lot subdivision to be certified under the LEED for Homes program.

Re-Nest rounds up the best natural hand soaps for under five smackers.

The Times clues us in on a new prefab home made from paper — resin-soaked cellulose from recycled cardboard and newspapers, to be exact. It's meant to provide shelter for victims of natural disasters, refugees and other displaced folks.

The New York Times investigates the popularity of using electric space heaters to minimize jaw-dropping gas and oil winter heating bills.

The Guardian hitches a ride with Heatseekers, a UK company that can detect the energy efficiency (or inefficiency) of your home via a fleet of high-tech vans equipped with thermal-reading equipment.

Low Impact Living gives the down low on green tax credits available in 2009.

Great Green Goods likes Jen Khoshbin’s Recycled Deer Trophies — unusual objects d’art for modern, taxidermy-free homes. announces that Clorox has added a new product to its Green Works line of household cleaners: a biodegradable wipe made from cellulose fibers harvested from FSC-certified forests. 

The San Francisco Chronicle details support groups in Berkeley, Calif., that help residents lower their carbon footprints at home and elsewhere. The AA-esque meetings are "part social, part confessional and partly about accountability."

Ideal Bite digs Brooklyn-based Brave Space Design's Tetris-inspired Tetrad shelving units; they're available in bamboo or FSC-certified birch or walnut.

I’ll be back next week with a second green home audit (“the one bedroom rental” edition), suggestions on how to eco-size the chips n’ dip vessels at your Super Bowl gathering, and more.  I'll leave you with a video, "This Lawn is Your Lawn," from the Eat the View campaign. 


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