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 more than 150 countries and collectively avoid more than 3.3 billion miles in business trips that they otherwise would have to take if not for CES.

  • At CES 2016, attendees participated in an average of 28 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 together industries.

More than 4.8 tons or steel and 3,000 pounds of aluminum were melted down and recycled.We donated show materials to nonprofit organizations.

We champion green initiatives that reduce waste and give back to the local community. We work with our general contractor and vendors to make the CES production process more sustainable. Here is what we accomplished at CES 2016:

  • More than 1 million square feet of carpet, provided by our general contractor, were reused. More than 250,000 square feet of carpet was recycled.
  • More than 30,000 square feet of magnetic materials were recycled.
  • More than 13,000 square feet of vinyl, mesh and fabric were repurposed by Sky Group into tarps, hockey rink liners and outdoor movie screens.
  • Eight trailers of show materials, totaling more than 78,000 pounds, were donated to Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village, Goodwill and Teacher Exchange.
  • More than 4.8 tons of steel and 3,000 pounds of aluminum were melted down and recycled.
  • CES press rooms are green with only paperless press kits permitted, saving an estimated 2.5 million pages of printed paper.

CTA Initiatives

Since 2011, CTA has led the Ecycling Leadership Initiative (ELI), collaboration among consumer technology manufacturers, retailers, collectors, recyclers, nongovernment organizations and governments at all levels to increase the industry's sustainability efforts. In April 2016, CTA announced the responsible recycling of 700 million pounds of electronics, a new record under ELI and the consumer technology industry's highest ever annual total.

CTA also produces and maintains Greener Gadgets, 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 technology 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. 

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. >