CES Green

The world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies is also the greenest. Trade Show Executive magazine named the 2012 International CES® the tradeshow with the “Most Innovative Green Initiatives by Show Management,” and in 2010, “North America's Greenest Show.”

Attendees: A Smaller Footprint with Bigger Opportunities

CES provides our industry with an opportunity to convene at one time, in one place, at an eco-friendly blockbuster that minimizes annual travel. 

  • CES attendees connect with one another, get business done and collectively avoid over 1.97 million miles in business trips that they otherwise would have to take if not for CES

  • Representatives travel from more than 150 countries, offering a truly global opportunity.

How Green is the International CES?

The 2013 International CES included a vast array of green initiatives as part of our efforts to reduce waste and give back to the local Las Vegas community.

  • Collected over 108,000 square feet of show graphics with a capture rate of 81 percent to repurpose and give back to the local community

    • 38,000 square feet of magnetic banners – over 19,000 pounds

    • 21,600 square feet of magnetic banners

    • Over 48,000 square feet of other show graphics – up 200 percent

    • 37,800 pounds of show publications

  • Produced over 243,000 badge holders made from last year’s vinyl banners and collected over 58,000 badge holders after the show to repurpose for a third life

  • Increased overall show reuse/recycle rate from 76 to 81 percent

  • Use of recyclable carpet for all exhibit floor aisles, TechZones, registration areas and turnkey booth packages

  • Use of turnkey booth packages with recyclable panels and graphics printed using soy ink

  • Mandate of paperless exhibitor press kits online, or via USB or DVD

  • Materials are printed on recycled paper, use soy-based ink and meet the standards of the Sustainable Forest Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council

  • Be sure to take a look at the  2014 CES Green Guide for information on CES green exhibitors, the CES greening initiatives, and CEA’s ecycling and sustainability initiatives. For last year’s Guide, see the  2013 CES Green Guide.

On January 6, 2014, announced the continuation of its tradition to award several local Las Vegas organizations with funds for sustainability projects. This year, CEA is donating $10,000 to University of Nevada, Las Vegas’s (UNLV) DesertSol solar house and $25,000 to the Springs Preserve toward the DesertSol project.

  • The DesertSol solar house, created by UNLV, was the second-place winner, and first among U.S. organizations,  at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Decathlon. This donation is to congratulate the UNLV DesertSol team on their success and help further the DesertSol project.
  • CEA’s donation to the Springs Preserve will assist the move of DesertSol to its new location. The Springs Preserve is a world-class facility that promotes community, conservation, preservation and sustainability in the Southern Nevada region, and is the world’s largest campus of platinum-rated U.S. Green Building Council LEED buildings. The Preserve aims to inspire visitors to implement green living practices and technologies into their own homes, and for the house to remain a site for continued research and development of renewable energy for UNLV faculty, students and industry professionals.

At the 2013 CES, CEA made two $50,000 donations to local Las Vegas organizations, Green Chips and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Green Chips used the donation from CEA to support a solar installation project at the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on Las Vegas Boulevard. The LVCVA used their donation from CEA to install several electric vehicle charging stations at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


Get Charged Up About Electric Vehicles

The  GoElectricDrive TechZone in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), North Hall showcases a full range of high- and low-speed electric vehicles, energy storage devices and charging solutions. Sponsored by the Electric Drive Transportation Association, this TechZone highlights an area of great potential and growth for the industry as electric vehicles are quickly gaining popularity among consumers seeking to live more sustainably by using alternative transportation.

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.


January 6, 2020