Inkjet printers will soon be a thing of the past at Bellevue College. In fact, beginning Monday July 2, Information Resources (IR) will no longer approve any purchase requests for inkjet printers. For the past year IR has worked with the BC Environmental Advisory Committee to find ways to make a significant cut in costs, energy consumption and use of paper in printing. We looked at both college and student budgets and found that as a college, we printed over 7 million pages and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in just one year.
Printing will still be necessary for many people on campus. We know that. Our new practice will be for employees to print via the closest network printer to their work space. In some locations, printers will allow you to use issued print job hold and release codes as needed to protect privacy. Departments are encouraged to move to network printers to reduce costs.
President’s Staff has fully supported the changes so we can reduce costs, make progress towards our state target of 30% reduction in printing, and reduce waste and energy consumption. President’s Staff is taking the lead in this campus-wide effort to reduce printing waste by switching away from desktop printers to group printers in their offices.