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!


Past Webinars – Recordings

How to Make Your City Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient (Wednesday, May 15, 2019)

Smart and sustainable cities are quickly appearing around the globe, and at the same time, more cities are focusing on becoming resilient to a variety of shocks and stressors. What does it mean for a city to be smart, sustainable, and resilient, how are these initiatives similar and different, and how does a city address cybersecurity issues associated with smart city technology? This webinar will dive into these concepts and provide examples of the tools cities are using to make their communities smart, sustainable, and resilient, including procurement and public private partnerships


Sector-specific Approaches to Leadership (Thursday, February 21, 2019)

This webinar brings together professionals from the public and private sectors to share their unique sector-specific experience in advancing sustainable purchasing in their organizations and beyond. During this installment of the webinar series, Angela Shell, CPO for the State of California Department of General Services (DGS), and Yalmaz Siddiqui, VP of Corporate Sustainability for MGM Resorts (and Founding Chair of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council), will talk about sustainable procurement within and outside their organizations, and discuss how different motives and structures of authority unique to the public and private sector, inform their respective approaches to leadership. 


China's Green Wave: Embracing Technology for the SDGs (Monday, December 10, 2018 & Tuesday, December 11, 2018)

Join the final webinar in GEC’s five-part series supported by the GSMA. In 2016, the mobile industry became the first industry to commit to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across GSMA’s global membership. Mindful of the SDGs’ importance, China held a hackathon in Beijing in late 2017 to “decode” the SDGs and design solutions to overcome the challenges of achieving them. This webinar focuses on the various roles technology plays in China’s initiatives to meet the SDGs. Presenters include:

  • Mr. Huang Jinsong, Director of the Management and Consultative Department, China Environmental United Certification Center (CEC)
  • Mr. Fallight Xu, Manager of Sustainability Services, TUV Rheinland
  • Mr. John Pabon, Founder, Fulcrum Strategic Advisors

December 11, 2018 (in Asia and the EU), December 10, 2018 (in the Americas)

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E-Waste Management in India: Current Successes and Future Opportunities (Wednesday, December 5, 2018)

Leveraging Standards for Capacity Building of India’s informal E-waste Sector 

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) and the Centre for Responsible Business (CRB) are co-hosting a webinar on how the inclusion of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related capacity building criteria in IT product standards can be used to focus industry resources towards addressing the e-waste challenge in India.

Standards are an important way to provide companies with a clear and consistent definition of what constitutes “sustainable” IT.  Standards criteria are usually focused on the product – how it should be made, used, what materials should be in it and whether it can be recycled.  Standards normally do not include criteria that address the training and capacity development needs of those responsible for disposing of the product.  By including criteria focused on building the capacity of India’s informal sector, standards become a way to focus the tremendous energy and financial resources of IT companies who meet those standards.  It is this focus that can potentially “move the needle” in addressing the long-recognized e-waste management challenge in India.

Join a fascinating webinar describing GEC and CRB’s proposal to leverage standards to address India’s e-waste management challenge.  Learn how these standards criteria link to the SDGs.  This webinar provides new thoughts and fresh perspectives on addressing an important issue; make sure to register!

Speakers include:

  • Pamela Brody-Heine, Director of Standards Management, GEC
  • Verena Radulovic, Independent Researcher & Fellow, CRB

Opening comments provided by:

  • Rijit Sengupta, Chief Operating Officer, CRB
  • Nancy Gillis, Chief Executive Officer, GEC

December 5th, 2018
Timing: 0800hrs Pacific, 1500hrs GMT, 2030hrs India

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Technology for Public Health: Addressing Counterfeit Products (Thursday, November 29, 2018)

Join the fourth webinar in GEC’s five-part series supported by the GSMA. Counterfeiting of common products continues to be a global problem that can severely sicken people and potentially cause death. Technology plays a vital role in confirming a product’s veracity and monitoring the supply chain to identify points of potential counterfeiting. This webinar provides an overview of the innovative ways technology is being used to combat counterfeit products, including blockchain. Presenters include:

  • Sharon Flank, CEO, InfraTrac
  • Leonardo Bonanni, CEO, Sourcemap
  • Piotr Stryszowski, Senior Economist at the Public Governance, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

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Improving Air Quality for Citizens’ Health and Well-Being (Tuesday, October 23, 2018)

Join the third webinar in GEC’s five-part series, “Sustainable Disruption: Mobile Technology as a Force for Good,” supported by the GSMA.

Many municipalities have increased their efforts to measure air quality using networks of connected sensors that gather and send data. Using this data, public officials can map areas of high pollution, track changes over time, identify polluters, and analyze potential interventions. This webinar addresses how mobile networks are enabling communities to monitor their air quality and empowering them to take action to increase the health and wellbeing of citizens. Presenters include:

  • Christine Kendrick, Smart City PDX Coordinator/Air Quality Lead, City of Portland
  • Ruchi Verma, Global IoT Product Manager, Ericsson
  • Pedro Antonio de Alarcon Sanchez, Lead, Big Data for Social Good, Telefonica
  • Priyanka deSouza, Research Fellow, Senseable City Lab MIT

October 23, 2018

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Exploring Sector Roles and Stakeholder Expectations (Thursday, October 18, 2018)

Exploring sector roles and stakeholder expectations (October 18, 12:00 p.m. EST). Click here to view a video of this webinar.

To view a summary of this webinar and highlights from the facilitated Q&A click on the link below.

Sector Roles and Expectations Summary

Network Equipment Product Category (Friday, October 12, 2018)

The Green Electronics Council (GEC) is launching a process to develop sustainability criteria for network equipment, including switches and routers. On this webinar, GEC staff introduces the proposed new EPEAT product category, including why GEC is pursuing network equipment sustainability, the scope of products to be covered, and GEC’s project partner – TÜV Rheinland. The webinar also provides an overview of the process, timeline, and how organizations can become involved.

If you’re interested in this initiative, please contact Patty Dillon, Acting Director, EPEAT Category Development,

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Mobile Technology and Sustainable Transportation (Thursday, September 20, 2018)

Join the second webinar in GEC’s five-part series supported by the GSMA. The United Nations has projected that two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in an urban environment by 2050, an increase of 2.5 billion over current statistics. This uptick in density is expected to cause an increase in congestion, accidents and air pollution. Cities have attempted to address these issues with multiple sustainable transportation solutions, from electric-vehicle fleets and bike-sharing programs to intelligent transportation systems and traffic-safety initiatives. This webinar explores the role mobile technology plays in enabling these transportation systems and enhancing their long-term sustainability. Presenters include:

  • Dr. Stanley Young, Program Lead for Advanced Transportation and Urban Sciences, National Renewable Energy Lab
  • Virginia Fuse, Environmental Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Francesco Dionori, Chief of Section and Secretary of the Working Party on Rail Transport, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Colin Peppard, Manager of Outreach and Strategic Relationships, Office of Extraordinary Innovation, LA Metro
  • Damon Fordham, Principal, Sustainable Transportation Practice, Cadmus

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Click here to Download a Summary

Making Smart Cities Smarter with Sustainable Sensors (Wednesday, July 25, 2018)

On July 25, GEC hosted the first webinar in our five-part series supported by GSMA. Smart cities become “smart” by collecting data through a network of sensors that allow them to plan and operate more efficiently. When launching its Air Quality Sensor Testing and Deployment pilot, the City of Portland, Oregon, questioned the sustainability of deploying hundreds of sensors that could not be reused or recycled. Using its procurement process, and often-overlooked sustainability tool, the City was able to address this challenge while evaluating potential vendors. This webinar explored how smart cities around the world can play a crucial role in reducing the e-waste associated with sensors.

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Click Here to Download a Summary

PCs and Displays 2018 Webinar for Sales and Marketing Teams (Wednesday, July 25, 2018)

The EPEAT Computer and Display category is getting an update this November to reflect elevated environmental and social criteria. This means the EPEAT-registered products you sell will have increased environmental and social benefits. Join us for this webinar where Green Electronics Council’s EPEAT Program Director, Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador and Purchaser Relations Senior Manager, Andrea Desimone will share with you materials for sales teams about the updated EPEAT Computer and Display Category.

Join us for this webinar to:

  • Review purchaser-focused materials developed by GEC
  • Learn about new criteria in the EPEAT Computer and Display category that have increased focus on priority impact areas, sustainability through social impact, and transparency in the supply chain
  • Review the EPEAT Computer and Display transition timeline
  • Gain insight into the guidance GEC is giving purchasers for addressing this transition in their policies and contracts

The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

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Using EPEAT to Purchase Sustainable Servers (Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

The Green Electronics Council will be launching the EPEAT for Servers category in August 2018, allowing you to choose sustainability for even more devices. Join the Green Electronics Council’s Andrea Desimone and Erin Gately for an overview of the EPEAT server category. Learn about the new criteria included in this standard, including increased environmental, social and supply chain transparency impacts.

The webinar will cover:

• How the EPEAT system works

• How EPEAT addresses sustainability for servers

• How to talk about EPEAT with your vendors

• Environmental and cost benefits of purchasing sustainable IT products The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

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Updated Environmental & Social Criteria for EPEAT- Registered Computers/Display (Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

The EPEAT Computer and Display category is getting an update this November to reflect elevated environmental and social criteria. This means the EPEAT-registered products you purchase will have increased environmental and social benefits. It also means that many purchasers will need to review their current EPEAT policies and contract requirements to ensure maximum product availability.

Join us for this webinar to:

• Learn about new criteria in the EPEAT Computer and Display category that have increased focus on priority impact areas, sustainability through social impact, and transparency in the supply chain

• Review the EPEAT Computer and Display transition timeline

• Gain guidance for addressing this transition in your organization’s policies and contracts The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

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Certification in the EPEAT System (Wednesday, June 20, 2018)

Learn about the roll-out of a new option for gaining EPEAT Registration: Certification. This webinar will cover the timeline for implementation and how certification will work within EPEAT.

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Advisory Council Update for Stakeholders (Tuesday, June 19, 2018)

Please join us for an update from the EPEAT Program Director about recent EPEAT activities as discussed at the June 2018 Advisory Council Meeting.

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Exploring Sector Specific Successes and Challenges (Thursday, May 31, 2018)

Exploring successes and challenges facing the public and private sectors when pursuing sustainable purchasing. (May 31, 2018 12:00 p.m. EST)

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To view a summary of this webinar and highlights from the facilitated Q&A click on the link below.

Sector Successes and Challenges Summary

Exploring Sector Specific Motivations in Sustainable Purchasing (Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

Webinar 1: Exploring differences between the public and private sectors through the lens of sustainable purchasing. (April 17, 2018 12:30-1:30 p.m. EST)

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To view a summary of the webinar and highlights from the facilitated Q&A discussion click on the link below.

Organizational Motivation Webinar Summary

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

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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EPEAT Conformance Assurance Process (Tuesday, February 27, 2018)

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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Leveraging Use of EPEAT in GRI Reporting (Wednesday, February 21, 2018)

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 Updates for CABs (Wednesday, January 24, 2018 & Thursday, January 25, 2018)

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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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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GEC Webinars

The Green Electronics Council hosts free webinars on a regular basis. Please visit this website soon to learn about new webinar opportunities. Recordings of past webinars are available on this web page under “Past Webinars – Recordings.”


    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

    2017 UNITED NATIONS FORUM ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS  (Nov. 27, 2017 – Nov. 29, 2017)

    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)

    CLEAN ELECTRONICS PRODUCTION NETWORK (Jul. 31, 2017 – Aug. 2nd, 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)