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CES 2018 and CES Sustainability Day

CESĀ® 2018 officially wrapped on January 12 after 4 days of dazzling the world with a glimpse into the future.
More than 3,900 exhibitors showcased world-changing technologies that spanned more than 2.75 million net square feet of exhibit space across Las Vegas – the largest show floor in CES’ 51 year history. From major international brands to the more than 900 startups participating in Eureka Park (home for CES startups) CES 2018 truly reflected the vibrant global tech industry.
CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), it attracts the world's business leaders and pioneering thinkers – including sustainability professionals.

Starting in 2017 and expanded at CES 2018, Day 3 of CES was CES Sustainability Day.

Here are some highlights: 
  • Delivery of the U.S. EPA SMM Electronics Challenge Awards delivered on the CTA Center Stage at CES.
  • Attendance by ten U.S. EPA representatives including two political appointees from the Office of Policy and Office for Public Engagement.
  • A Sustainability Panel on the CES Innovation Policy Session track.
  • A Sustainability Panel focused on retail demand in the Design & Source Marketplace Panel.
  • Eureka Park Climate Change Innovators Awards – and a tour of these startups’ exhibits in CES Eureka Park.
  • Professor Callie Babbitt from the Rochester Institute of Technology spoke about materials research she leads that was commissioned by CTA and Staples, and she appeared on the NPR program On Point – download the podcast here and listen to Dr. Babbitt’s interview about her research and CES starting at about the 30 minute mark.
Beyond the exciting tech and featured panels, CES itself works to reach sustainability goals every year through coordinated efforts with contractor Freeman. At CES 2017, more than 1.6 million square feet of carpet were reused and more than 23,000 square feet of paper and mesh banners were recycled. CTA’s booth donation program enables exhibitors to donate raw materials and furniture no longer needed after the show. In 2017, exhibitors collectively donated more than 285,000 pounds of materials to Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Opportunity Village, Teachers Exchange and HELP of Southern Nevada.
Learn more about the sustainability efforts and technology at CES 2018.

By Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Consumer Technology Association

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