Managed Print

Universities consume a lot of paper, toner and electricity. As part of Vancouver Island University's commitment to sustainable development we evaluated our printing environment and determined that a tremendous impact toward meeting the university’s strategic initiatives around sustainability could be made. 

VIU's Managed Print Services (MPS) Program is a result of this evaluation and is designed to support our environmental initiatives, reduce waste and optimize our print output environment. The project started by understanding the landscape of the current output environment at the university.

Following an extended evaluation and a device inventory that yielded a large number of end-of life copiers and printers, we developed a plan to retire all existing printers and copiers, standardizing them with products carefully chosen and optimally located to match departmental demands with device capabilities.

Benefits of the program include:

  • Energy, toner and paper conservation by encouraging deliberate and appropriate use of copiers and printers.
  • A positive impact on the environment by reducing paper and energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and landfill waste
  • Access to newer and more efficient technology and optimization of the VIU MFD/printer/copier fleet 
  • Reduction of print output costs
  • A streamlined method of charging for copies and for network print jobs.
  • Establishment of a MFD management process with Ricoh.