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CEA Supports Sustainability in CES’ Home Town

Samantha Nevels, Consumer Technology Association

For decades, Las Vegas has hosted the International CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is committed to giving back to local sustainability projects. This year alone, CEA donated $10,000 to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV) DesertSol solar house and $25,000 to the Springs Preserve (to be invested towards the DesertSol project).
The DesertSol solar house, created by the university, was the second-place winner, and first among U.S. organizations, at the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. DesertSol will be transported to the Springs Preserve, where it will act as a living classroom for the next year, reporting data back to UNLV students and faculty. The Springs Preserve aims to inspire visitors to implement green living practices and technologies in 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.
“One of the main goals of this project was to help educate not only our students but the community about the benefits of building and living sustainably in our region,” said Dr. Tom Piechota, Interim Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UNLV. “We were very happy about how enthusiastically community members embraced this project and our success. This gift from CEA will help us continue what we started and is an investment in future sustainable learning projects in Nevada and on campus. We are thrilled to be partnering with CEA.”
What’s more, CEA’s 2013 donation came to fruition this year with the installation of solar trees at the city’s “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. The project was headed by the Green Chips and Clean Energy Project nonprofit organizations, and funded by CEA, electric utility NV Energy, the Las Vegas Centennial Commission and Bombard Renewable Energy. Powering the iconic sign with solar energy helps demonstrate both the industry’s and state’s commitment to harnessing clean energy resources for the existing economy.
For more information, please view the 2014 CES Green Guide, the CEA 2013 Sustainability Report and

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