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!
EPEAT Purchaser Awards Celebration – May 18th event cancelled, but alternate awards celebration details coming soon!
We have been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak, as we approach the planned announcement of our 2020 EPEAT Purchaser Award winners at the May 18th Night Out with GEC reception and awards in-person event at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. Given the impact of COVID-19, our concern for the health, well-being and safety of our colleagues, partner organizations, and the global community, plus the guidance from the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we are regretfully canceling the in-person reception and awards event.
Despite this change, we are excited to celebrate this year’s EPEAT Purchaser Award winners. We are working on alternate options and will unveil our plans soon, so you can join with us in celebrating leaders in sustainable IT Procurement! In recognition of the current global challenges, we are extending the awards application due date to April 30th.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and welcome any questions regarding the EPEAT Purchaser Awards.
Past Webinars – Recordings
GEC Public Private Webinar on Sustainable Procurement in the Healthcare Sector
GEC Public Private Webinar on Sustainable Procurement in the Healthcare Sector
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 10:00AM – 11:00AM PST/1:00PM – 2:00PM EST
This installment of GEC’s Public-Private Webinar Series, focused on the Healthcare sector and explored the motivations and tactics used by healthcare focused sustainable purchasing programs. Panelists discussed how human health concerns inform their sustainability priorities and are reflected in their sustainable purchasing efforts.
- Hackensack Meridian Health – Kyle Tafuri, Director of Sustainability
- Johnson & Johnson – Michael Hewer, Director Supplier Sustainability
- Vizient — Mellissa Nguyen, Senior Program Services Manager, Environmentally Preferred Sourcing
To view a recording of this webinar CLICK HERE.
Sustainable IT Purchasing Made Easy with EPEAT and ecomedes
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 10:00AM – 11:00AM PST/1:00PM – 2:00PM EST
The Green Electronics Council (GEC) is committed to helping purchasers identify credible sustainable IT products across a broad number of sectors. That is why GEC is excited to partner with ecomedes—an online catalog for building related products –as an approved source of EPEAT registered products. Buildings provide a tremendous opportunity for sustainability and GEC is committed to supporting purchasers who seek to leverage their built space procurements for environmental, wellness and cost savings gains.
Attendees will learn about:
• Current sustainable procurement challenges
• How the EPEAT ecolabel helps purchasers meet sustainability goals such as climate change, reduction of hazardous chemicals, and attaining zero waste
• The Ecomedes Platform
• The EPEAT / Ecomedes partnership: how purchasers can find accurate EPEAT product listings on the ecomedes platform
A Focus on Impacts in the IT Supply Chain
A Focus on Impacts in the IT Supply Chain
Fri, Nov 22, 2019 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM PST
The Green Electronics Council’s (GEC) EPEAT ecolabel empowers purchasing organizations to meet their organizational sustainability goals through their purchasing decisions. New guidance from GEC helps purchasers better connect the dots between EPEAT criteria and specific sustainability impact areas, such as addressing climate change, chemicals of concern, supply chain social impacts, plastics, and waste to landfills. Join GEC’s Director of EPEAT Category Development, Patty Dillon and Senior Manager of Purchaser Relations, Andrea Desimone, to learn how you can use this new guidance in your organization’s sustainable IT procurement program.
Attendees will learn about:
• The major sustainability impacts that are of concern in the IT supply chain – climate change, chemicals of concern, supply chain social impacts, and waste to landfills
• How both EPEAT required and optional criteria help purchasers to address specific sustainability impact areas
• Using EPEAT optional criteria as leverage to drive improvements in the design and manufacture of IT products
• Search methods on the EPEAT Registry for finding products that address these specific sustainability impact areas
• How to quantify your positive impact in each of the major impact areas
GEC Smart City Webinar Series: “The Importance of Putting People First in Smart City Projects” (Wednesday September 18, 2019.)
The Green Electronics Council continues to explore Smart Cities technology, its opportunities and challenges. The 4th webinar in this series will embark on a much-needed conversation about putting people first in Smart City Projects. VIEW THE RECORDING HERE.
- Michael Lake, President & CEO of Leading Cities, will describe the necessary skill-sets for a smart city workforce.
- Sandra Baer, President of Personal Cities, will discuss community engagement practices to ensure community needs are supported through smart city projects.
- Hector Dominguez, Open Data Coordinator for Smart City PDX, will present on the City of Portland’s Regional Smart Cities Action Plan.
GEC Smart City Webinar Series: “Addressing Inequality: How to ensure everyone gets to live in a Smart City” (Wednesday July 17, 2019.)
The Green Electronics Council continues to explore Smart Cities technology, its opportunities and challenges. The 3rd webinar in this series will embark on a much-needed conversation about inequality. VIEW THE RECORDING HERE.
• Aarti Tandon, Executive Director of Smart Cities New York, will discuss the “Smart Gap.”
• Jeremy Hoffman, Climate Scientist at the Virginia Science Center, and Vivek Shandas, Professor at Portland State University, will describe the use of sensors for urban heat island mapping in vulnerable communities.
• Otto Khera, from the U.S. / Mexico Smart Towns Consortium, will present on expanding smart city technologies to rural communities.
NASPO ValuePoint (NVP) and GEC Co-Hosted Webinar: How to Leverage EPEAT in NVP IT Portfolios (Thursday, July 11, 2019)
The Green Electronics Council partnered with the National Association for State Procurement Officials (NASPO) on July 11, 2019 to host the webinar: “Leveraging the Cooperative to Promote Sustainability: How NASPO ValuePoint utilized EPEAT in NVP IT portfolios to Create Value for Stakeholders.” The webinar highlighted ways in which purchasers across the country can meet their sustainable purchasing goals by utilizing NASPO’s Computer Equipment contract. Purchasers spent more than $2B against the NVP computer contract in 2018. Speakers included procurement professionals from NASPO ValuePoint (NVP), the State of Minnesota, which serves as the lead state for the Computer contract, and GEC.
The webinar provided an overview of NASPO and NVP efforts to promote sustainability, and how EPEAT was embedded into the MN and NVP solicitation process. GEC provided an overview of the EPEAT program and used the EPEAT Benefits Calculator to demonstrate the avoided environmental impacts and cost savings that resulted from the use of EPEAT products in the NVP contract. In total, the purchase of EPEAT products through the NVP contract resulted in the avoidance of more than 121,941 metric tons of CO2 equivalents, 59,670 metric tons of avoided waste, reduction in the use of 201,350 MwH of electricity and $20.7M in cost savings over the full lifetime of products purchased through the contract. To view a recording of this webinar please CLICK HERE.
Sector-specific Approaches to Leadership (Thursday, February 21, 2019)
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)
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!
- 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
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
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
Exploring Sector Roles and Stakeholder Expectations (Thursday, October 18, 2018)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exploring Sector Specific Successes and Challenges (Thursday, May 31, 2018)
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)
To view a summary of the webinar and highlights from the facilitated Q&A discussion click on the link below.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
REGISTER NOW: GEC Webinar: Purchasing Photovoltaics as part of Renewable Energy Projects
June 11, 2020 @ 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST
The next installment of the Green Electronics Council (GEC) Public-Private webinar series will be held on June 11 @ 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PST/1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST. The webinar, “Purchasing Photovoltaics as part of Renewable Energy Projects and Procurements” will focus on the benefits associated with including sustainable photovoltaics as part of renewable energy initiatives and associated procurement strategies. Speakers will discuss their purpose and motivations for pursuing solar as part of their organization’s renewable energy strategy, and how their respective policies, priorities and leadership guide their current set of projects. Speakers will discuss innovative approaches, and best practices associated with their photovoltaic system procurements, tactics that they have employed to be successful, and challenges encountered throughout the process. The Green Electronics Council (GEC) will also provide a short presentation outlining the launch of its new PVMI category.
- Green Electronics Council — Jonathan Rifkin, Director of Purchaser Relations
- City of Orlando – Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability
- Salesforce — Max Scher, Head of Energy and Carbon Program
The GEC Public-Private Webinar series is an ongoing series that explores approaches to sustainable procurement from the varying lenses of organizations in the public and private sector. Click here to learn about other planned installments planned in for 2020.
Events where you can meet up with GEC staff!
GSMA Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain
Seminar on Environment and Social Responsibility Standards in Global Supply Chains, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
July 26, 2018: Sustainability Through Cloud Computing Stakeholder Meeting. San Francisco, CA
Going Green Care Innovation, Vienna, Austria
(in alphabetical order)
2017 UNITED NATIONS FORUM ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS (Nov. 27, 2017 – Nov. 29, 2017)
AASHE CONFERENCE – (Oct. 15, 2017 – Oct. 18 2017)
ASBO 66TH ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE (Nov. 3, 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)
EICC RESPONSIBLE ELECTRONICS & CFSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017 (Oct. 16, 2017 – Oct. 18, 2017)
EPEAT EU RECYCLING COMPLIANCE SUMMIT (Jun. 26, 2017)
GOGREEN CONFERENCE PORTLAND (Oct. 17, 2017)
ISEAL GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS CONFERENCE (Jun. 27, 2017 – Jun. 29, 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)
UNEP MEETING WITH THE GREEN ELECTRONICS COUNCIL (Mar. 20, 2017)
VERGE 17 (Sep. 29, 2017 – Sep. 21, 2017)
GEC Statement on Response to Novel Coronavirus and COVID-19
GEC is monitoring the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus and COVID-19 (the disease caused by this coronavirus). Our greatest concern is the health, wellbeing, and safety of our colleagues, partner organizations, and the global community. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). As such, for the protection and wellbeing of our employees and valued stakeholders, GEC has canceled all non-essential travel and GEC sponsored events through May 2020. In-person meetings that cannot be postponed will be replaced by phone or video conference.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and welcome any questions regarding currently scheduled meetings/events. We continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates in response to any changes.