There are a few marquee names involved with this end-of-the-week batch of green home news items. Ever think you’d see “Kelly Ripa” and “Noah’s ark” together in the same blog post? Probably not.

The Go Green Expo hits NYC this weekend so I’ll be there collecting freebies, seeing what’s new and noteworthy, and taking poorly lit photos to share with you next week. See you then. 

The BBC reports that those looking to score previously owned household items like a golden throne belonging to Michael Jackson are out of luck. The garage sale auction of the contents of Neverland Ranch set to take place next week has been cancelled after Jackson’s production company sued the auction house.

Ecorazzi admires the remarkable energy of Kelly Ripa, a woman whom I’m convinced sleeps 1.5 hours a night and is hooked up to a Red Bull drip. This week she helped Electrolux launch an eco-friendly washer and dryer set available in limited edition “Kelly Green.” 

Re-Nest hits the links with a reminder that, yes, Justin Timberlake is really building a LEED Platinum-certified golf course in Millington, Tenn.

The Wall Street Journal travels to Hong Kong of all places to report on the christening of a life size replica of Noah’s ark. The ark will feature a luxury hotel, exhibition hall, and, of course, a few sizable menagerie of fiberglass animals. A similar ark-building project in the Netherlands is not built to match biblical specifications but does boast real animals.

Uncrate gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to Found Soda Crates from Pottery Barn. These home décor items are real vintage soda storage crates salvaged from bottlers across the U.S.

GreenBiz announces that a very popular home away from home, the Marriot hotel chain, will be eliminating the automatic delivery of free newspapers to guests. In order to curb waste and greenhouse emissions, Marriot will continue to deliver the daily papers but by request only.

Planet Green offers up a pretty cool “Low-Tech Tip:” Growing vines like ivy around the exterior of your home as a form of insulation.

The New York Times was there as the biggest brains in green design descended on Portland, Ore., to discuss the proposed Sustainability Center of Excellence, “a state-of-the-art high-rise that would function both as an emblem of hyper-green design, and as a locus for green-building research and education in the region.”

Inhabitat unveils the winners of the Spring Greening design competition. Check 'em out. 

TreeHugger gives us a sneak peak of 10 notable green products debuting at the creme de la creme of contemporary furniture shows, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. The fair runs from April 22 to 27. 


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

Playing catch up: The celebrity edition
Gracing this week's Friday green news roundup: Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson, and um, Noah.