GEC Events

GEC Events

The Green Electronics Council participates in a number of relevant conferences throughout the year and hosts webinars for those interested in the procurement of sustainable IT.  We look forward to connecting at one of the conferences and encourage you to register for our webinars!

2018 Events

Events where you can meet up with GEC staff!

February 2018

GSMA Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain

April 2018

Seminar on Environment and Social Responsibility Standards in Global Supply Chains, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

May 2018

Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deep Dive Session: Keeping Wires Uncrossed – How Purchasers and Manufacturers Can Improve Communication Around Sustainability and Procurement, Washington DC

June 2018

Sustainability Summit , Chicago, Illinois

ProcureCon IT, Denver, Colorado

GSMA Mobile World Congress, Shanghai, China

July 2018

July 26, 2018: Sustainability Through Cloud Computing Stakeholder Meeting. San Francisco, CA

October 2018

AASHE Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

Ecoprocura, Nijmegen, Netherlands

ANSI World Standards, Washington DC

November 2018

Going Green Care Innovation, Vienna, Austria

Archived Events

(in alphabetical order)

2017 Events


AASHE CONFERENCE – (Oct. 15, 2017 – Oct. 18 2017)


BSR CONFERENCE 2017 (Oct. 24, 2017 – Oct. 26, 2017)

CES ASIA 2017 AND GEC CATALYST AWARDS (Jun. 7, 2017 Jun. 9, 2017)


CLEANMED 2017 (May 16, 2017 – May 18, 2017)

CLIMATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE (Mar. 1, 2017 – Mar. 3, 2017)





MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2017 (Feb. 27, 2017 – Mar. 2, 2017)

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS AMERICAS (Sep. 12, 2017 – Sep. 14, 2017)

NASCIO MID-YEAR CONFERENCE (Apr. 23, 2017 – Apr. 25, 2017)

NASPO ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017 (Oct. 8, 2017 – Oct. 9, 2017)

NASPO EXCHANGE 2017 (Mar. 12, 2017 – Mar. 14, 2017)

NCMA WORLD CONGRESS (Jul. 23, 2017 – Jul. 26, 2017)

NIGP FORUM (Aug. 27, 2017 – Aug. 30, 2017)

PROCURECON IT SOURCING (Jun. 5, 2017 – Jun. 7, 2017)

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS SUMMIT WEST (Nov. 14, 2017 – Nov. 15, 2017)

SPLC 2017 SUMMIT + CONNECT (May 8. 2017 – May 10, 2017)


VERGE 17 (Sep. 29, 2017 – Sep. 21, 2017)


Using the EPEAT Registry to Purchase Sustainable Mobile Phones (Wednesday, August 16, 2017)

Join EPEAT staff to find out how EPEAT addresses sustainability for mobile phones and how you can use EPEAT to purchase high-performing sustainable IT products.

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Using EPEAT to Purchase Sustainable IT Products (November 7, 2017)

Join Andrea Desimone, Purchaser Relations Manager, for this 1-hour overview of the EPEAT system and live walk-through of the EPEAT Registry.

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EPEAT Program Updates (Monday, January 8, 2018)

This webinar contains information about updated EPEAT policies and procedures; reviews EPEAT’s areas of programmatic focus and answers questions participants may have about EPEAT.

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EPEAT Updates for CABs (Wednesday, January 24th & Thursday, January 25th)

Join EPEAT staff to learn about updates to the EPEAT program that affects CABs.  Updates include new procedures for 2018, timeline and implementation details for servers and 1680.1 Revision, and more!  CAB program managers and staff should attend.  Auditor attendance is optional.

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Introduction to EPEAT (Tuesday, February 20th)

This training will cover the basics about EPEAT, including the overarching system, purchasers, conformity assurance bodies, and product registration system. Audience members that will benefit from this training include new server manufacturers, purchasers, recyclers, and other interested and related industries.

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Leveraging Use of EPEAT in GRI Reporting (Wednesday, February 21st)

Newly issued guidance, developed in collaboration between The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and EPEAT, offers purchasers, who buy EPEAT registered ICT equipment, an opportunity to demonstrate sustainability leadership in the context of GRI reporting. EPEAT is the leading ecolabel for ICT products and GRI the developer of the world’s most widely used standards for sustainability reporting. Please join us for a 45-minute webinar, hosted by representatives from both GRI and EPEAT. During the webinar, participants will receive an overview of how procurement of EPEAT registered ICT products can be referenced in GRI disclosures. The webinar is aimed at those who purchase EPEAT products, companies that report using the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, and consultants who help companies produce GRI reports. This webinar will cover the following content:

• A brief overview of Green Electronics Council, the EPEAT ecolabel, and GRI’s purpose and goals.
• A discussion about the unique nature of this initiative and how guidance was developed.
• An overview of the guidance, the specific disclosures noted as relevant, and how EPEAT can be referenced to support GRI disclosures.

The webinar will be held on February 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST (CET 18:00 to 18:45)

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EPEAT Conformance Assurance Process (Tuesday, February 27th)

This training will cover the details of the EPEAT conformance assurance process, including desk review, verification investigations, and expectations for manufacturers. Audience members that will benefits from this training include manufacturer personnel responsible for the management of conformance assurance documentation of EPEAT registered products.

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1680.1: 2018 Implementation Webinar (Wednesday, February 28th & Thursday, March 1st)

Join EPEAT staff to learn about the timeline and implementation of 1680.1:2018 in EPEAT.  This webinar will discuss the timeline for the registry to open to manufacturers and the public, as well as the transition timeline for products moving from the old standard to the new standard.  We will also discuss various resources EPEAT will provide to help manufacturers prepare for the transition.  Finally, we will review the activities EPEAT will take to help prepare purchasers for the transition as well. Come prepared to provide feedback and get your questions answered!

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Exploring differences between the public and private sectors through the lens of sustainable purchasing. (April 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST)

Webinar 1: Exploring differences between the public and private sectors through the lens of sustainable purchasing. (April 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST)

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Roles and impacts of the public and private sectors when promoting and advancing sustainable purchasing across the global marketplace (May 31, 12:00 p.m. EST)

Webinar 2:Roles and impacts of the public and private sectors when promoting and advancing sustainable purchasing across the global marketplace. (May 31, 12:00 p.m. EST)

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Exploring successes and challenges facing the public and private sectors when pursuing sustainable purchasing (Sept 13, 12:00 p.m. EST)

Exploring successes and challenges facing the public and private sectors when pursuing sustainable purchasing. (Sept 13, 12:00 p.m. EST)

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Tactics, tools, and practices in public and private sector procurement, and how those differences impact the success of programs. (Nov. 15, 12:00 p.m. EST)

Tactics, tools, and practices in public and private sector procurement, and how those differences impact the success of programs. (Nov. 15, 12:00 p.m. EST)

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The GEC 2018 Public-Private Webinar Series


The Green Electronics Council is hosting a four part-webinar series, “Sustainable Procurement Through a Public and Private Sector Lens: Understanding Differences in Motivation, Roles, Strategy, and Results.” The series will bring together procurement professionals from the public and private sectors to share their unique sector-specific experience in implementing sustainable purchasing within their organization. Each webinar will address an aspect of sustainable purchasing as viewed through lens of the public or private sector. Specific webinars are as follows:

  • Organizational Motivation, Support, and Engagement (April 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST) Registration closed. Click here to view a video of this webinar.
  • Sector Challenges and Successes: During this session public and private sector organizations will consider what the public sector does well, what the private sector does well, and ways in which to address challenging activities such as reporting and changing behavior (May 31, 12:00 p.m. EST) Click Here to Register.  
  • Exploring sector roles and stakeholder expectations: During this session procurement professionals will talk about ways in which each sector influences the marketplace and share knowledge across the sectors. Participants will discuss the types of organizations and platforms that each sector tends to use to affect change.  (Sept 13, 12:00 p.m. EST) (Registration not yet open)
  • Embedding sustainability in the procurement process: During this session panelists will talk about specific tactics and procurement processes that each sector employs and highlight how different approaches affect sustainable purchasing outcomes (Nov. 15, 12:00 p.m. EST) (Registration not yet open)

The second webinar in the series will be held Thursday, May 31 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and feature Japen Hollist, Director Digital Transformation Organization for SAP, and John Chapman, State Purchasing Manager for the State of Colorado.  During this webinar, panelists will share information about sustainable purchasing initiatives underway in their organizations and discuss sector-specific strengths and challenges. Panelists will discuss questions, such as:

1) What is the private sector and/or public sector good at when it comes to sustainable purchasing?
2) What unique challenges does the private sector and public sector face, respectively?
3) What can be learned from these observations?

The webinar will conclude with an open Q&A session.