CES Green

Making CES Green

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), owner and producer of CES, is committed to making CES greener than ever.

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 travel from 150 countries and collectively avoid more than 3.5 million miles in business trips that they otherwise would have to take if not for CES

  • At the 2015 CES, attendees participated in an average of 33 meetings and business discussions at or around CES. On average, 80 percent of those meetings would not have happened had it not been for CES bringing industries together

We champion green initiatives that reduce waste and give back to the local community, as well as work with our general contractor and vendors to make the CES production process more sustainable:

  • Nearly half a million square feet of carpet provided by our general contractor Freeman was recycled in 2015, up 70 percent from the previous year. The remaining 1.13 million square feet of carpet was reused

  • Over 20,000 square feet of magnetic banners from the 2015 CES were recycled to produce new magnetic materials

  • 27,800 square feet of vinyl banner materials, used as directional signage on the show floor at the 2015 CES, were repurposed by Sky Group into tarps, hockey rink liners and outdoor movie screens

  • 15 trailers worth of donated items were given to Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village and Teacher Exchange through CTA’s formal donation program. This amounted to 145,900 pounds, saving 45 dumpsters worth of materials from the landfill

  • CES Press Rooms are green with only paperless press kits permitted, saving an estimated 2.5 million pages of printed paper

CTA Initiatives

Since 2010, CTA has lead the Ecycling Leadership Initiative, a consumer electronics (CE) industry effort to increase collaboration among CE manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, non-governmental organizations and governments at all levels, and to continue to increase the industry's sustainability efforts. In April, CTA announced the responsible recycling of 660 million pounds of electronics, a new record under ELI and the CE industry’s highest ever annual total. 

CTA also produces and maintains GreenerGadgets.org, an online resource for consumers where they can get tips to live and buy green, locate their nearest recycling facility and use an energy calculator to discover the true energy consumption of their home electronics.

To learn more about the how the consumer electronics industry is leading the way on energy efficiency and ecycling, visit CTA.tech/green.

Giving Back

Each year, CTA grants money to local organizations in Las Vegas with sustainability initiatives. We look for innovative programs that give back to the local community, help take care of our planet and make the world a better place. 

This year at CES 2016, CTA granted $76,000 to EverFi, an education technology company, to incorporate the CTA Future Innovators Program into Clark County schools. This digital course will provide middle and high school students with a foundation of critical skills in technology, entrepreneurship and business. CTA also provided Green Our Planet, a grant recipient from 2015, with $14,000 to build three additional garden classrooms throughout the Clark County School District. Additionally, CTA granted $10,000 to Touro University Nevada to install an electric vehicle charging station on its campus.

In January 2015 at CES, CTA gave Green Our Planet a $65,000 grant to support the Outdoor Garden Classroom program. As a result, Green Our Planet installed 14 outdoor garden classrooms around Las Vegas, teaching over 10,000 students about environmental issues and providing them with healthy food.

CTA also granted $25,000 to Green Chips to support the installation of a solar energy system to power Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. Additionally, CTA provided Touro University with a $10,000 grant to upgrade the exterior lighting fixtures on campus from fluorescent bulbs to energy-saving LED lights.  

Learn more about past recipients.