Eva Levin

CES – Let’s Start a New Trend to be an Eco-friendly Attendee

Every year nearly 150,000 people swamp Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show. It’s as big of a show as any in Las Vegas and the consumption on any daily visit to Las Vegas is overwhelming. But to visit during a time when you also have gallizions of square footage of exhibit space taken up with electronics; that is some mind boggling energy consumption! Every visit, I think about how much energy is being used or what is going to waste; whether it’s the food at the buffet, the water flowing through the hotel casino fountains, MGM’s 7,000 rooms with toilets flushing, slots dinging and ringing; everywhere you turn, you witness some level of major consumption!  There are so many lights, the neon lights, the Luxor blinding sky beam and the power, the power it takes to light up everything and I often think what can be done to conserve?

There is some good news, I checked out CES’ website and there are some major efforts to go green, here is the link to their CES green efforts site, http://www.cesweb.org/cesgreening.asp and highlights of what they plan to do for 2012:

• Continue expanding the use of recyclable carpet, now used for all aisle carpet and in all TechZones, Registration areas and turnkey booth packages. Turnkey packages now also include recyclable panels and graphics printed using soy ink.
• For the first time, used badge holders that are created from repurposed vinyl show banners . We also plan to collect them post show to repurpose for a third life.
• Partnering with Global Experience Specialists, produce all indoor show signs and bases using biodegradable cardboard material.
• Work with Repurpose America again to capture magnetic, vinyl and cardboard show signs with the intention to repurpose and give back to the local community.
• During the show, announce another charitable contribution to a Las Vegas organization with local efforts in sustainability.
• Continue cuts in print production which stands at nearly 50 percent of where it was five years ago. For remaining print materials, we print on recycled paper, use soy-based ink and meet the standards of the Sustainable Forest Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council.
I ask CES attendees to help conserve energy during their 2012 visit.

Let’s start a trend, speaking of trends, you can read about this year’s Tech Trends at CES according to this CNN article.

With that, cheers to a good cause New Year’s resolution at CES and beyond. Let’s commit to conserving.

Ten things you can do at CES to conserve energy:
• Limit water use (but I do encourage you to drink a lot of water)
• Re-use hotel room towels
• Skip a day of maid service to save on laundry
• Close the drapes when you leave your hotel room
• Adjust temperature accordingly in hotel room
• Don’t leave the TV on when you leave (we are all guilty of this, I know it)
• Recycle – if there isn’t a recycle bin in your room, use a bag and label it recycle
• Eat at CGR, Certified Green Restaurant (you can ask)
• Paper – I know the goody bags, the pamphlets, strip paper handouts – don’t take them and throw them away
• Don’t leave that carbon footprint behind in wasted food at the buffet table.
• Adjust temperature accordingly in hotel room
• Don’t leave the TV on when you leave (we are all guilty of this, I know it)
• Recycle – if there isn’t a recycle bin in your room, use a bag and label it recycle
• Eat at CGR, Certified Green Restaurant (you can ask)
• Paper – I know the goody bags, the pamphlets, strip paper handouts – don’t take them and throw them away
• Don’t leave that carbon footprint behind in wasted food at the buffet table

 

Eva Levin

About Eva Levin

Eva Rodriguez Levin has worked at Intel for over 15 years, her passion lies with managing projects, people, the creative side and product launches. She has worked in several different positions including trade show and events, executive speakership program, PR, consumer product marketing, corporate diversity and web marketing. Currently Eva works on the Intel Digital Marketing team managing the consumer campaigns, gaming and managing the editorial calendar for the Inside Scoop blog. Eva holds a Journalism degree from the University of Oregon. In her spare time she likes to root for her University of Oregon Ducks, exercise, cook and enjoy family time.

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