Printer Specifications

The Dalhousie University Paper Policy recommends that employees should be connected to a local multifunctional device (MFD) for their printing requirements, where possible.

When single-use equipment is deemed to be required, devices should meet the following criteria:

  • ENERGY STAR qualification
  • Ability to duplex print
  • Toner cartridge recycling program

Upon installation of a new printer, the ENERGY STAR low-power feature should be enabled and duplex selected as the default output setting.

Colour printing is five to seven times more expensive than monochrome (B&W) printing. Colour printing should be used only when necessary, for example, in marketing materials or external communications. For the printing of internal communications, email, and draft documents, monochrome printing is recommended.

To discuss printing requirements in your department, contact Printing Services: or (902) 494-6428.

For additional information about sustainable procurement, refer to the Sustainable Procurement Tip Sheet. [PDF]