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Coffee lovers in the Department of Radiation Oncology in University Hospital have gone green.

Radiation Oncology Department members who have gone green with coffee mugs.
Among the Radiation Oncology Department members who have gone green with coffee mugs are, left to right, Meaghan Kazmirski, Diane Davidson, Kathryn Spinek, Loretta Grihin, Katrina Stellingwerf, Andrea DeCondo, Jenny Moran, Stacey Sears.

The 35-member department has done away with disposable polystyrene cups, and has switched to real mugs. The savings? Almost $400 a year.

"It's a win-win," said Loretta Grihin, office manager for the department. "We're saving money and helping the environment. Everyone agreed to bring in extra mugs from home, so there was no expense involved."

Grihin said the department used to order about two cases of disposable cups a month, at more than $16 a case.

Not everyone in the department drinks coffee, but Grihin said there are also tea and hot chocolate drinkers. All are on board with the mug policy.

Grihin pitched the switch to Radiation Oncology administrators, who approved. The mug policy went into effect on – appropriately enough – Earth Day.