By Brian McKone
Today’s college students have grown up in a technology age like no other. They expect technology to provide solutions for all aspects of their lives: social, family, hobbies, travel, entertainment, research, and education. And, these days, they expect their school to provide technology solutions that are easy and convenient to use.
Toshiba understands this and offers an end-to-end solution for student printing on college campuses. Our student print solution combines hardware, software, and professional services to provide a robust, easy-to-use system for a campus community. It’s all based on feedback we’ve gotten from super users: The students. Students want their university to consider the following criteria while making decisions regarding technology:
• Is it purposeful technology that is user friendly?
• Does it have a positive impact on the environment?
• Can there be a creative approach for roll-out and adoption?
Purposeful technology that is user friendly
Toshiba’s student printing solution is user-friendly, but it also resonates with those who are environmentally conscious. It allows the university to control paper consumption while providing students with a reasonable print quota each semester. The solution helps universities to control costs while being friendly to the environment.
How easy is it to use?
• Students open homework on their device
• Select File>Print
• Select a local print (ie university library printer)
• Student print quota is updated automatically
• Student walks to printer and swipes their student ID to start the print job. No more wasted prints sitting in a tray and forgotten about!
This print solution integrates seamlessly with most campus cards. Therefore, students can use their student ID to print, just like they do for dining and other activities on campus.
Positive impact on the environment
Universities have reduced printing in the library or other public student areas by 30-50% by implementing a student print solution.
Another benefit of implementing a quota for student printing is the awareness it brings about to the importance of printing less and the positive impact it can have on the environment.
The environmental impact of a student print solution:
• Reduced paper consumption, resulting in fewer trees being cut down
• Reduced energy consumption, resulting in less CO2 emissions
In addition, schools may want to partner with a vendor that is committed to sustainability. In 2019, Toshiba recycled nearly 187 tons (US) of e-waste from spent toner consumables and planted 37,083 trees to offset paper use.
Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to a more sustainable planet, during the last decade Toshiba has eliminated about 1,542 tons of e-waste from entering landfills via the company’s EcoSmart Toner Recycling Program and by partnering with an internationally-recognized recycler, Close the Loop.
Upon partnering with PrintReleaf in 2016, Toshiba has replanted 78,459 trees across global reforestation projects in Madagascar, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ireland, United States, Brazil and India. Even the clients can get involved. Toshiba customers choose the planting location based on recommendations of the World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch initiative. A new tree is planted for every 8,333 sheets of paper customers print.
Most universities have Sustainability departments that lead the environmental initiatives on campus. A best practice for a successful roll-out of Toshiba’s student print solution is to partner with that Sustainability team. Together, you can help define the program and market it appropriately. Here are some outcomes that you can consider:
• Hold a contest to name the Student Print Initiative.
• Display quarterly sustainability reports for students to see the impact they made on saving trees and reducing energy consumption
• Hold an annual student scholarship contest where applicants submit a 1-minute video on ideas to further enhance the student print initiative and sustainability impact.
Toshiba believes in creativity and innovation. In fact, Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their Science, technology, engineering and math classrooms. TAF is interested in funding innovative projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools and classroom. For more information on TAF, please visit our website.
If you’re interested in learning more about Toshiba’s student print solution, reach out to a Toshiba expert today.