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GPEC 2013 Conference

March 20-22, 2013 | Sheraton New Orleans | New Orleans, Louisiana 

Environmental Division Officers (Society of Plastic Engineers)

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Join us for “The Latest Need to Know: From Recycling to Sustainability of Plastics” at the Global Plastics Environmental Conference (GPEC® 2013) on March 20-22, 2013 at the Sheraton New Orleans located in the heart of the Big Easy on Canal Street.  This is your chance to learn about the advances and new technologies and innovations for plastics sustainability and recycling with a unique blend of recycling, reclamation and bio-plastics. 

Register Now!
Register online or download registration form by February 20, 2013 to receive a discounted early bird registration rate.  For questions on registration, contact Jef Drawbaugh at 503.233.1305 x118 or by email.

Book Your Hotel Room
GPEC® 2013 is proud to have chosen the newly renovated Sheraton New Orleans on Canal Street, just steps from the famous Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, Riverwalk Marketplace and the French Market.  Conference attendees will receive a conference rate of $189 plus taxes for single/double occupancy.  Hotel reservations must be made by February 25, 2013 to receive the conference rate.  Hotel reservations can be made online.

Schedule of Events
Session topics and speakers are now available for review here and are available for download hereClick to Download PDF

Meet a few of our Keynote Speakers

John Bardburn, Manager of Waste Reduction Efforts at General Motors, will present on zero landfill initiatives and progress.

Dr. Oliver Peoples, Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of R&D at Metabolix, will discuss the global state of bio-based plastics.

Dr. Pat Smith, Research Scientist at Michigan Molecular Institute will showcase the trends in bio-based chemicals.

Dr. Kelvin Okamoto, Chief Technology Officer at Cereplast. Dr. Okamoto will provide an overview of the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guidelines.

Interested in Sponsoring or Exhibiting?
This is your opportunities to showcase your products and services.  Click here for more details.

Technical Program/Agenda

View the most current technical program/agenda and schedule of events here, or download here.

Environmental Stewardship Awards 

Join us March 21st for the annual highly coveted Environmental Stewardship Awards Reception and Dinner. The Environmental Stewardship Awards recognizes corporations and other institutions that have demonstrated envronmental leadership and excellence, through significant achievements in categoreis described below:
  • Plastics Recycling Technologies and Applications
  • Emerging Technologies in Materials, Processing and Applications for Better Environmental Impact
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Plastics from Renewable Sources and Innovative Applications
  • Plastics Made from Intermediates Made by Using Biological Routes
  • Daniel Eberhardt Award for Environmental Stewardship

Awards will be presented during GPEC® 2013 Awards Dinner on March 21, 2013. Deadline for nominations is January 15, 2013. For more information, click here. Download awards application here. For more information and questions, contact Dr. P.M. (Subu) Subramanian, Awards Chair, Environmental Division of Society of Plastic Engineers at 302.239.4953 or by email.

Student Poster Session

The final student posters have been selected. Student posters will be judged by jurry and cash awards presented on March 21st from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Make sure to take the opportunity to view the follwoing student posters during the conference:

FILAMENTS FOR 3D PRINTING,” Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.

Waneta Kratz, Robert Michitsch and Aga Razvi, “RECYCLING PLA PLASTICWARE ON A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS,”University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Alexander Jones1, Dr. Suraj Sharma1, Eliza Ayton1, Mark Ashton Zeller2 and Ryan Hunt1,“BIOPLASTICS AND THERMOPLASTIC BLENDS MADE FROM SPIRULINA ANDCHLORELLA MICROALGAE SPECIES,” 1Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2Algix, LLC, Athens, GA.

Cameron Way1,2, Dr. Katherine Dean2, Dr. Enzo Plombo1, Dr. Dong Yung Wu2, “EFFECT OFSURFACE MODIFICATIONS ON BIODEGRADABILITYOF POLYLACTIC ACID COMPOSITIES,” 1Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Victoria, Australia, 2CSIRO, Clayton, Victoria Australia.


For questions about student posters contact Dr. Richard C. Bopp, Poster Session Chair, Environmental Division of Society of Plastics Engineers at 952.562.3314 or by email.


Sponsoring and Exhibiting Opportunities

There is still time to sign up to sponsor and/or exhibit.  Sponsorship and/or exhibiting are the perfect opportunity to reach engineers and those involved in the technical aspects of designing plastic products.  More than ever, it is important not to lose personal contact with clients and prospects and the technical leaders in the plastics industry.  For details on the various opportunities, click here or download form here, you may also sign up using our online form.  Download the exhibit hall floor plan here. For more information and questions, contact William Schreiber at 810.223.1949 or by email.

Welcome Note

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. We once again will be hosting GPEC® 2013 back-to-back with the Plastics Recycling Conference.  Learn, network, contribute, and have some fun while you’re at it.  We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans at GPEC® 2013.


Susan M. Kozora
GPEC® 2013 Chair
Phone: 248-455-3765
Cellular: 248-605-1181
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Dennis Denton
GPEC® 2013 Co-Chair
Phone: (800) 959-9945
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