Sunset introduces the world to Béa Johnson, a Mill Valley, Calif. wife and mother of two that keeps a super-clean, hyper-organized, and mostly waste-free home. Or, as one neighbor describes it, "futuristic and alien-like." 

USA TODAY chats prefab in an extensive article about the potential of modular home building. The usual suspects on the green building scene — Michelle Kaufmann, Lloyd Alter, Preston Koerner, Sherri Koones — chime in.

GOOD whips out the camera for a haunting/funny photo slideshow: "The Ghosts of Christmas Trees past: Seven Sidewalk disposal Styles."

The Daily Green invites you to nominate a special someone — a bona fide Local Hero, if you will — that's helping to green your community for the 2011 Heart of Green Awards. Click here to read about 2010's Local Hero.

Jetson Green gives props to ECO Modern Flats, a late 60s-era apartment complex in downtown Fayetteville, Ark. that's getting a stylish and sustainable makeover. The project, pictured above, is on track to become the first LEED certified multifamily project in Arkansas. 

The Wall Street Journal sends reporter Wendy Bounds out into the cold for an investigative piece on the latest innovations in ergonomic snow removal devices designed to throw, blow, clear, and push.

The San Francisco Chronicle tackles the big questions: How should you dispose of a banana peel — trash or garbage disposal — when composting isn't an option ... or mandatory as it is in the Happy Meal-banning ecotopia of San Francisco.

The Los Angeles Times advises on how to lure beautiful monarch butterflies to your garden using different varieties of milkweed. 

Jezebel shares (via TLC's "My Strange Addiction) the sad story of a young woman named Adele who eats couches. So far, she's devoured the cushions of seven sofas and two chairs.

Re-Nest suggests a whole bunch of "50 Home Care Hot Tips" to give a whirl in 2011. Among the 50 pearls of wisdom: soaking up in oil on garage floors with kitty litter, removing coffee and tea stains from rugs with light beer, and putting rubber bands on your remote control(s) to protect furniture. 

Co.Design examines the church-to-house conversion phenomenon in the Netherlands. "Holland is to church architecture what Florida is to subprime real estate. The Dutch God industry has been gutted, and the country now faces a vexing problem of demand: too many houses of worship, too few people willing to fill them."

Dwell ogles a beautifully restored, off the grid retreat in the southwest of France that's been 30 years in the making. 

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

Playing catch up: Ending on an upbeat note
Nothing but positive news to close out what's regarded as the most depressing week of the year. Well, except for that item about the lady who eats couches.