I hope everyone had and is having a good Earth Minute/Hour/Day/Week/Month/Year

If you were left feeling conflicted, fatigued, guilty, and a bit greenwashed this week, just remember that environmentalism is what you make of it. If you didn't compost, switch to CFLs, or hang a photo of Al Gore in an FSC-certified wood frame above your mantle in celebration, don’t sweat it. There's always next year. Or tomorrow. 

Anyways, it's been a busy week in the world of green home news — it’s like Hollywood award season for the green media. Here are a few items that caught my eye. Much of it involves gettin' out of dodge. 

Re-Nest thinks hard about Grist's attention-grabbing Screw Earth Day campaign. 

TreeHugger travels to Italy to cover the first day of the Milan Furniture Fair. A couch made from recycled Veuve Clicquot champagne boxes is among one of the fabulous eco-finds. 

Dwell lounges at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs. This blogger instantly becomes very, very jealous. 

The New York Times heads to the Hamptons to report of the current state of Grey Gardens, the legendary (once decaying) estate made famous by Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, the unlikely fashion icon, "Little Edie" Beale. 

The New York Times also heads north to Toronto, a city that's seriously considering that all new buildings be topped with green roofs.

The Los Angeles Times heads south to Ensenada, Mexico, where two architects living in a mobile home experiment with creative ways to take recycling and upcycling to a new level. 

Budget Travel checks in at several popular chain hotels to see how they're making green improvements.

NOTCOT tests out Chikuno Cubes, tiny boxes from Japan that use ultra fine bamboo powder/charcoal to suck up nasties that can compromise indoor air quality.

Michelle Kaufmann goes carbon neutral for a day. And lucky for us, she shares her experience. 

Green Your Decor reviews the Waterpik Ecoflow 1.5 showerhead.

The Daily Green treats us to photos of "23 Breathtaking Natural Swimming Pools." 

The Huffington Post Green reports on an owl living in the garden center of a Home Depot in Arkansas. No, it has not attacked customers.  

And a big FYI: Plenty of great stores are throwing sales to celebrate Earth Day. Consuming less is key (some would say the key) in keeping a green home, but sometimes you just gotta shop. Check out the limited-time sales at MIO (enter coupon code EATHDAY09 for 30 percent off in stock items through April 29th), Vivavi (50 percent off items at Riverhouse, NYC, location this weekend only), Design Public (great stuff on sale including furniture from Ecotots), Verde Home (discounts on items like Tibetan rugs and hardwood furniture through the end of the week at Atlanta store), Amazon.com Green (take an extra 20 percent off Preserve products through April 30th), and many more. 

I'm going to sign off with a bit of self-promotion. If you dig this here blog, head on over to The Green Log Awards website/blog nominations page and give MNN a vote. I'm obviously not dedicated strictly to matters of green building, but someone out there liked us enough to throw us into the nomination pool. The Green Log Awards is in its second year and aims to highlight the leaders of the pack in green building solutions. 

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Image: Grist 

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

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