CES and Green
The International CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, is one of the technology world’s greenest events. In past years, CES was named the tradeshow with the “Most Innovative Green Initiatives by Show Management” and “North America's Greenest Show” by Trade Show Executive Magazine.
CEA is proud to present the third annual CES Green Guide. It provides a self-guided tour of several of the show’s green companies, showcasing these firms’ environmentally friendly products. The guide also highlights CEA’s initiatives and the work CEA members are doing to promote energy efficiency and ecycling.
A Smaller Footprint with Bigger Opportunities
CES provides our industry an opportunity to convene at one time, in one place, to conduct business in a way that minimizes attendees’ carbon footprint:
CES attendees collectively avoid over 3.5 million miles in business trips that they otherwise would have to take if not for CES.
CES attendees travel from more than 140 different countries, offering a truly global opportunity.
How Green is CES?
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Over the past several years, the International CES championed several green initiatives in our effort to reduce waste and give back to the local Las Vegas community.
New to CES green efforts in 2015, the show established an exhibitor donation program with Freeman, CES’ official general services contractor. Freeman worked with exhibitors who wanted to donate show materials and products to local charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village and Teachers Exchange. In total 47 exhibitors donated materials, loading 12 trailers and three box trucks.
More, over the course of the 2014 International CES, CEA collected a record 108,000 square feet of show materials and graphics to recycle and repurpose, recycled returned show badges into hotel room keys, and returned 74 percent of the carpeting for reuse.
Along with the greening of show materials, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), owner and producer of the International CES, has a long history of supporting sustainability programs in the city of Las Vegas that benefit the local community.
At the 2015 International CES, CEA awarded grants to Green our Planet, Green Chips and Touro University Nevada to advance energy efficient efforts.
CEA donated $65,000 to Green Our Planet to fund its signature program, Outdoor Garden Classroom, which integrates school gardens into the education curriculum. This program helps students raise test scores, learn about healthy eating and lifestyles, combat obesity and foster a greater respect for nature and the environment. Ten schools in Clark County School District will receive $6,500 to get them started on their fundraising goal of raising $10,000 for their school’s outdoor gardens. Green Our Planet is a 501(c)3 organization in Las Vegas with the goal to help conserve, protect and improve the environment through funding green projects and education, which includes STEM, nutrition and conversation education in K-12. Since the spring of 2013, Green Our Planet has financed, built and/or refurbished 62 Outdoor Garden Classrooms in the Clark County School District, primarily elementary schools, reaching over 30,000 students. Seventy percent of these schools are “Title 1 schools”, where 40 percent of the student population lives below the poverty line.
CEA also granted $25,000 to Green Chips to install a solar energy system at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. These are matching funds given alongside the City of Las Vegas to Green Chips, a Las Vegas non-profit that promotes sustainability across Southern Nevada through leadership development, community outreach and targeted community projects. Opportunity Village assists and enhances the lives Southern Nevadans with intellectual disabilities through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation. Its Magical Forest is an annual holiday tradition that showcases of a winter wonderland celebration of lights.
CEA also gave a $10,000 grant to Touro University Nevada to upgrade exterior lighting fixtures on campus from fluorescent bulbs to energy-saving LED lights. Touro is a private university in Nevada with more than 1,300 students pursing degrees in the medical, health sciences, community services and education fields.
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CEA and Green
The consumer electronics industry is leading the way on energy efficiency and ecycling. To learn more about our industry’s efforts visit www.ce.org/green and GreenerGadgets.com