Continuing what clearly is a national urban trend, metropolitan Boston buildings are going green, with both the city and nearby Harvard University announcing major initiatives last week.

Boston Mayor Thomas A. Menino signed the “Green Building Maintenance Order,” his second major executive order on green initiatives. Aimed at increasing the purchase of environmentally preferred cleaning supplies, expanding recycling programs in city facilities and advancing green policies around the city, the new policy will cover approximately 400 buildings and facilities in Boston.

“This is yet another step in which the city is working toward reducing waste and creating more innovative strategies to improve the efficiency and sustainability of our operations. We have several strategies that are already working and I am committed to taking these best practices citywide,” Menino said in the announcement.

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