Printers On Their Way Out From Higher Education Institution
Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania has taken a hard line on the waste of printer ink and electricity by removing printers from residence halls, fraternity and sorority houses, Brown and White reports.
It is thought that the presence of printers in residence halls was excessive as there are already printer available for student use in two libraries and an array of computer rooms, while it was reported that a lot of printing was unnecessary or non-academic.
Ozzie Breiner, director of Residential Services for Lehigh University, said: "We have found that a majority of our students already have their own printers, which are equipped to meet their needs.
"We also note that most of the laserjet printer currently provided in the residence facilities are not housed in a climate-controlled environment and high humidity causes them to jam frequently and break down."
This news comes soon after Konica - the printer ink firm - won the 2009 Evergreen Award from the US General Services Administration in the Technologies and Electronics category.
By Mervyn Warren