CES Green

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?

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. Here are a few highlights from the 2014 International CES:

  • Over 74% of carpet used during the show was returned to our general contractor Freeman’s inventory for reuse
  • Over 48,000 square feet of magnetic banners were recycled
  • Over 89,000 square feet of other show graphics were recycled or returned to Freeman inventory for reuse
  • Freeman worked with a number of our exhibitors to donate materials to the following organizations in Las Vegas, including Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village and New Vista. In total, 12 flatbed trailers were loaded with donated materials, and 60% of bulk trash was and reclaimed or recycled
  • Returned show badges were recycled along with the plastic material repurposed into hotel room key cards
  • Mandated paperless exhibitor press kits be distributed online or via USB or DVD

Giving Back

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.

In 2014, CEA donated $10,000 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ DesertSol project and $25,000 to the Springs Preserve. UNLV’s DesertSol solar house was the second-place winner, and first among U.S. organizations, at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. This donation was to congratulate the UNLV DesertSol team on their success and help further the DesertSol project.  CEA’s donation to the Springs Preserve assisted in the move of DesertSol to its permanent location in Las Vegas. DesertSol opened to the public in February 2014 and will remain a site for continued research and development of renewable energy for UNLV faculty, students and industry professionals.

In 2013, CEA contributed $50,000 to Green Chips for a project that transformed the iconic ”Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on Las Vegas Boulevard into a solar-powered masterpiece. CEA also donated to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to install electric vehicle charging stations at the LasVegas Convention Center. To find electric vehicle charging stations at the LVCC and around Las Vegas, visit CarStations,chargepoint or Alternative Fuels Data Center.
In 2012, CEA donated $50,000 to Green Chips to retrofit the Las Vegas Rescue Mission with solar panel systems to reduce energy costs and lower operating costs enabling Rescue Mission to focus on serving the homeless of Las Vegas.

Additionally, CEA gave $25,000 to Repurpose AMERICA to use repurposed banners from the CES to create a sunshade at UNLV’s Rebel Recycling Center.

In 2011, CEA donated $75,000 to Green Chips to retrofit the Salvation Army with solar panel systems to reduce energy costs and utilize the ultimate source of renewable energy.

In 2010, CEA donated $50,000 to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department to purchase seven Vetrix electric motorcycles which are on the streets of the tourist corridor every day helping to keeping Las Vegas both safe and green.

In 2009, CEA granted $100,000 to the Clark County School District to support their school recycling program.

CEA and Green

From trends in eco-friendly TVs to illuminating detail about consumer attitudes on energy efficiency with consumer electronics, CEA has the latest research. Visit CE.org/green for more information.

Greener Gadgets

CEA operates GreenerGadgets.org, an online resource for consumers that highlights the industry trend toward “greener gadgets” – smaller, smarter, more energy efficient devices that can do more than ever before. Tech-savvy shoppers now have more eco-friendly options and this resource has valuable information about how to buy green electronics, use them efficiently and recycle them at the end of their useful life.

The site also features a powerful energy use calculator with the most up-to-date products and energy use figures to help consumers better understand their energy usage, as well as a recycling locator tool. When it comes to end-of-life electronics, many people are concerned with what happens after they drop off their products. The recycling locator database includes industry programs, which use strict standards and third-party certified recyclers, so rest assured your device will be safely recycled.