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 we’ve worked with the BC Environmental Advisory Committee to find ways to make a significant cut in costs, energy consumption, and use of paper in campus printing. We looked at college and student budgets and found that in 2011-12, we printed over 7 million pages and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars. To prepare for the anticipated change starting this July, IR had already begun restricting purchases of inkjet printers earlier this year.
We know we can’t eliminate printing entirely. But we can make some significant changes in how we print. For employees, the new practice we’ll be promoting will be for you to print using a nearby networked printer. In some locations, printers will allow you to use issued print job hold and release codes as needed to protect privacy. If you still use an Inkjet, or you’re currently not using a networked printer, we will be encouraging you to initiate making this move to using a networked printer when you can. And there’s more. Read on.
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.