The 2010 Go Green Expo hit New York City’s Pier 92 (a much less oppressive locale than last year, the Midtown Hilton) this weekend and it had truly fierce competition: stunning and unusual 75 degree weather. Still, on a drop-dead gorgeous Saturday afternoon when every single New Yorker seemed to simultaneously emerge from hibernation and head outdoors, Go Green had a decent turnout. The expo was filled with the usual suspects: recycled toilet paper giveaways, elephant poop stationery, açai berry juice samples, and non other than Mr. Eco himself, Ed Begley Jr. (along with a host of other great speakers like actor/Bicycle for a Day founder Matthew Modine, author Mindy Pennybacker, and Natural Home editor Robyn Griggs Lawrence).

Perhaps the best thing about the Go Green Expo this year? It was co-located with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, right next door at Pier 94. For someone who covers both eco-living and home design, you couldn’t get much more convenient.

I did quick tours of both events (spending time outdoors in the sunshine was just too tempting) and below are photos from both plus a couple from my next stop, the High Line, the fabulous park/urban reuse project on Manhattan’s West Side that opened last year. The Go Green Expo will be hitting Philly in April and Atlanta and May, so if you haven’t been before, make 2010 the year to check this popular eco-showcase out. 
All green AstroTurf roads lead to the Go Green Expo.
The Home Depot sets up shop at the Go Green Expo.
Like last year, DIFFA's Dining by Design was a highlight of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Here's some designer trash cans up for auction. The cause? AIDS education and direct care. 
Stunning recycled magazine furnishings made by the fabulous Boston-based organization, Artists for Humanity
A lush, vertical garden at the AD Home Design Show reminded me it was time to head outdoors and get my walk on at  ...
The High Line. A must-see for every NYC resident and visitor, this remarkable urban park project is set on a once-abandoned, lead paint-encrusted elevated railway viaduct on Manhattan's West Side. It was packed to the gills on Saturday.
More High Line. Can't wait to see the greenery in bloom later this spring. 
I stumbled upon the stuffed coyote upon leaving the High Line ... I have absolutely no idea.

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Follow the green AstroTurf road
The Go Green Expo hits New York City's Pier 92. Plus, the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the High Line and a stuffed coyote.