The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) will reduce the carbon footprint of the 2010 International CES through a partnership with EarthEra and the implementation of sustainable and energy efficient solutions.
"Every citizen must take personal responsibility for the environment, and the International CES must ensure we are doing more good than harm when it comes to the environment in general and carbon emissions specifically," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "We estimate that CES saves attendees about a billion miles because they don't have to travel around the world for meetings. And to magnify our positive impact, we have creatively partnered to produce the world's largest environmentally sustainable trade event."
CEA has donated $50,000 to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Convention Center Area Command, to purchase T-3 Motion electric vehicles and accessories. Electric police vehicles will reduce use of fossil fuel powered vehicles and help the environment, the police and the local community.
"The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is excited to partner with CEA in deploying “green” environmentally-friendly vehicles as part of our tourist corridor policing plan," said Capt. Charles Hank, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Convention Center Area Command. "We feel the addition of the electric vehicles funded by CEA will assist us in helping us strive to achieve our Vision – 'To be the safest community in America as well as the Safest Tourist destination in the World.'"
CES vendors and facilities are also adopting environmentally sustainable practices. The Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), which participates in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) WasteWise Program, will recycle exhibit hall and meeting room materials during all phases of show activity; The Venetian, which houses high-performance audio exhibits at this year's show, received silver-certification by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED); Aramark uses biodegradable utensils and napkins and purchases organic or locally sourced products; and GES runs 95 percent of all show contracting equipment on clean, natural gas and will install recycled carpet in CES areas such as registration, TechZones and CE Spotlights.