Ricoh honors high school students' outstanding achievements in sustainable innovation

  Ricoh honors high school students' outstanding achievements in sustainable
                                  innovation

Ricoh Sustainable Development Award affirms principle that good business and
taking care of the planet go hand in hand

PR Newswire

MALVERN, Pa., May 30, 2013

MALVERN, Pa., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Ricoh Americas Corporation has
presented three high school students with the Ricoh Sustainable Development
Award for remarkable innovations that reflect both economic potential and
environmental responsibility.

Ricoh presented the award on May 16 at the world's largest international
pre-college science competition, the 2013 Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Phoenix, AZ, which showcased over 1,500 of
the world's leading high school students and their independent scientific
research projects. The winning projects – innovations in energy production and
clean drinking water – earned winners a total of $25,000 in scholarships from
Ricoh.

The three recipients of this year's Ricoh Sustainable Development Award are
Jed Donald Grow and Andrew Quinn Ross of Clearfield High School, Clearfield,
Utah, and Michael Fernandez Vermeland of the Loudoun County Academy of
Science, Sterling, Virginia. Their projects were selected from over 1,300
total projects, representing more than 70 countries, regions and territories,
and 454 affiliated fairs brought 433 finalists to this year's event.

Jed and Andrew discovered new ways to extract electricity and hydrogen from
wastewater, a potential clean energy boon that also helps purify the
wastewater. Michael documented new, surprisingly affordable ways to turn fog
into potable water – potentially life-saving for arid climates.

"These students and all of the entrants are brilliant and inspiring, and we
share their deep commitment to the environment, education and innovation,"
said Jay Dizzine, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas
Corporation. "Sustainable technology and successful business can co-exist, and
these students' achievements prove it."

Ricoh lives this principle every day by helping clients reduce consumption of
resources such as paper by digitizing information flows, and energy by
creating efficient office equipment. The company also continuously improves
the sustainability of its own operations with measures such as:

  oSophisticated networks for resource recovery and recycling.
  oAmbitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.
  oISO 14001-certified manufacturing facilities around the world.
  oZero-waste-to-landfill manufacturing plants.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for
Science & the Public, brings students together from approximately 70
countries, regions and territories. Each year, the finalists showcase their
independent research as they compete for more than $4 million in awards. The
fair encourages millions of students worldwide to explore their passion for
innovation and develop solutions for global challenges.

Since 2005, Ricoh has recognized 20 students and presented scholarships worth
more than $300,000 with the help of a distinguished team of judges from
academia and business. "We value Ricoh's partnership not least because the
Sustainable Development Award really goes to the heart of what may be the
ultimate challenge for this planet," said Elizabeth Marincola, President of
Society for Science & the Public. "The recipients, along with more than 1,600
other finalists with great minds attending our fair, will almost certainly be
leading the effort."

For details about Ricoh's care for the environment, please visit
http://www.ricoh-usa.com/about/environment/environment.aspx?alnv=env.

|  About Ricoh  |

Ricoh is a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment,
production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and
regions. In the financial year ending March 2013, Ricoh Group had worldwide
sales of 1,924 billion yen (approx. 20 billion USD).

The majority of the company's revenue comes from products, solutions and
services that improve the interaction between people and information. Ricoh
also produces award-winning digital cameras and specialized industrial
products. It is known for the quality of its technology, the exceptional
standard of its customer service and sustainability initiatives.

Under its corporate tagline, imagine. change., Ricoh helps companies transform
the way they work and harness the collective imagination of their employees.

For further information, please visit www.ricoh.com/about/

© 2013 Ricoh Americas Corporation. All rights reserved. All referenced product
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Contact:

John Greco
Ricoh Americas Corporation
(973) 882-2023
john.greco@ricoh-usa.com

Jill Searl
Brodeur Partners
(603) 559-5824
jsearl@brodeur.com

SOURCE Ricoh Americas Corporation

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