Happy Friday, MNN readers! As you'll read below, the big eco-home news items this week have to do with measures passed by two cities, New York City and Seattle, to help residents save water and cut back on unnecessary, unsolicited waste, respectively. Has your city, town, or community enacted any ordinances that have helped you go green at home?

Earth911 shares a story sure to delight any homeowner that's sick and tired of having unwanted phone books deposited at their front door: Seattle has passed the nation's first phonebook opt-out ordinance. The new law will also make directory publishers responsible for phonebook recycling costs. Here's hoping this catches on elsewhere ...

TreeHugger reports on "a great gig for your typical marginally employed actor: sit in a shipping container all day to demonstrate how to save energy." As part of an innovative, three-day campaign in Vancouver, BC Hydro actually did recruit actors to "live in temporary three-by-six-metre living spaces on the corner of Granville and Georgia to showcase how and how not to live and work in an energy-efficient manner."

The Daily Green has the scoop on "8 Strange Heirloom Pumpkins for Fall Decorating." 

Better Homes and Gardens also shares good, gourd decorating advice with a list of no-carve pumpkin designs. 

Re-Nest picks the brain of Mark Miller, a Chicago-based architect and owner of Passive House consulting firm, Passive House Midwest

Gothamist brings news that New York City has lifted its ban on dual-flush toilets and will require all new residential and commercial buildings to install these two-buttoned (one for yellow and one for brown) water-saving wonders. Curious as to how powerful the second high-pressure flush is? Check out the below video where a pound of orange peels, 56 chicken nuggets, and other items are put to the test. 

The Brooklyn Paper is jazzed that this blogger's very own neighborhood, the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, will "be the testing ground for a city-financed plan to build a wind turbine atop an unused 90-foot water tower." The turbine is expected to produce 4,500 kilowatt hours per year, about enough juice to power a home. A hearty welcome to my new neighbor!

Inhabitat eyes a line of whimsical (a bit too so for my taste) table lamps from Swedish design collective Oddbirds. Said lamps are handcrafted from reclaimed tea and coffee sets. 

GOOD enjoys "Shelter," an inspiring short documentary from Jason Sussberg that profiles author and self-sufficient building guru Lloyd Kahn. 

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

Playing catch up: Laying down the law
This week in green home news-land: Seattle homeowners now have the option to <i>not</i> receive new phonebooks while in New York City, all new residential build