Even though I don't follow the NCAA, I've been stricken with a serious case of March madness this past week. On Wednesday, it was sunny and in the 60s in New York City and, in turn, my attention span flew straight out the window. I've officially caught "the fever." 

Meanwhile, there' been plenty going on in the world of green homes and gardens. Despite my urge to spend as much time outdoors bonding with a warmed-up Mother Nature, I've buckled down and compiled a few news items that you may have missed this week. Enjoy the weekend and see you next week with a low-down on organic soil amendments, a sneak peek at MIO's upcoming collaboration with Target, and more.  

CNN pays a visit to Serenbe, a high-tech eco-village in rural Georgia. The slightly commune-y community is inhabited by 160 residents and boasts an organic farm, environmentally sound homes, and amenities like galleries and restaurants. Check out this video where MNN's own Chuck Leavell visits the Serenbe farm.

Metropolitan Home digs architect Heather Johnston’s gorgeous, green design for a 2,800 square foot family home in Kirkland, Washington. I wholeheartedly concur.

The New York Times puckers up for a story on “Kissing Edison’s Light Bulb Goodbye.” Reports James Kanter on the Green Inc. blog: “The European Commission formally adopted new regulations on Wednesday that will effectively phase out incandescent light bulbs in Europe by 2012.”

Re-Nest tours Chris’ green house in Philadelphia, a 1,750 square foot space in an old industrial ice cream factory/freezer outfitted with furnishings plucked from the trash.

The NY Daily News crosses the Hudson River to visit the LEED Silver-certified Garden Street Lofts in Hoboken, N.J.

Chelsea Green gives the 411 on “How to Prevent Global Warming with Straw Bale House Construction.”  

Dwell recommends that if you’re in San Francisco on April 7 or in LA on April 8 that you check out a workshop featuring Toronto-based Sustain Design Studio, creator of the MiniHome, a prefab home designed for ecological trailer parks. 

TreeHugger gets serious with an excellent, eye-opening post by Lloyd Alter titled “The Four Sins of LEEDwashing: LEED Green Buildings That Perhaps Aren’t Really Green.”

Planet Green advises on how to take advantage of the federal weatherization assistance program: "If life gives you a recession, make recession-ade."

Inhabitat lets off some steam in a "Green Rant" about New York City's lackluster plastics recycling program. 

Huffington Post Green reports that a contractor in the town of Perris, Calif., has been hired to spray paint bald spots on the lawns of foreclosed homes that are for sale. The faux green coloring is environmentally sound and safe to people and pets. 

Photos: Anton GF

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

Playing catch up: March madness
Preoccupied with college basketball or simply have a serious case of spring fever? Here's some green home goodness that you may have missed.