Prestigious Sanitation Honor Awarded to ICC’s Jay Peters

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For years, the United Nations, World Health Organization and other noted groups that are working to eradicate death and illness due to lack of sanitation have been spreading the word about these and other horrific statistics: about every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne-related disease; over 40 percent of the world’s population (2.6 billion people) does not have access to toilets; safe drinking water is unavailable to 1.1 billion people. In fact, the global sanitation crisis is so critical that it has surpassed global warming as the highest priority for many global councils. Many organizations and professionals, like the International Code Council and its Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Executive Director Jay Peters, are sharing their knowledge and time to help global groups to expedite the goal of eradicating illness and death caused by a lack of safe drinking water and access to proper sanitation worldwide. Some groups are recognizing these efforts.

Jay Peters, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group Executive Director for the International Code Council is one of three 2011 honorees inducted to the World Toilet Organization (WTO) Hall of Fame. The recipients are chosen based on their extensive efforts and contributions to solve the global sanitation crisis that claims the lives of thousands of people every day, most of who are children.

Peters was selected particularly in recognition of his and the Code Council’s consistent contributions to the global sanitation movement, especially in pioneering and initiating the official launch of the United Nations International Year of Sanitation in 2008. During that year’s World Toilet Summit & Expo (WTSE), he conducted an education track called “Sanitation in an Urban Environment,” which focused on Global Sanitation Policies & Standards. The Code Council sponsored the track, in addition to the first-ever ICC USA Pavilion at WTSE, which offered U.S. companies a cost effective way to reach Southeast Asian prospects.

This year’s induction ceremony took place in late November in Haikou, Hainan, China. The other two honorees are Lin Jiang, Vice Director for the Ecological Society of China and Kenzo Hiroki, Principal of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) and Secretary of the United Nations Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Sanitation.

“To be recognized with Kenzo and Lin is an honor. Whether we were leading expert panels in Macau, Singapore or Philadelphia, creating the first Global Guideline for Practical Toilet Design or just spreading the word of the sanitation crisis, the ICC leadership and Members have always been encouraging and supportive,” Peters said. “For that, I am extremely appreciative.”

Although access to toilets is not a major sanitation issue in the United States, the Code Council, led by Peters, has collaborated on multiple initiatives with the World Toilet Organization help solve the global sanitation crisis, including spearheading the first ever U.S.-based World Toilet Summit last year. Industry leaders and businesspeople from around the world participated in the event, which also brought the global sanitation issue to U.S. plumbing engineers, businesses and the media.

While moderating an education track and presenting a report on potty parity at WTSE 2009 in Singapore, Peters and Jack Sim, Founder of the WTO, formed a committee of global sanitation leaders to draft the first ever standard toilet design document. Published this year, ICC G3-2011 Global Guideline for Practical Toilet Design standardizes the design, installation and maintenance of public toilets to reduce construction costs, which should enable more installations around the world.

“We congratulate Jay for receiving the prestigious WTO Hall of Fame award,” said ICC CEO Richard P. Weiland. “His dedication to the issue of global sanitation is the type of initiative that benefits ICC’s overall mission of people helping people build a safer world.”

The International Code Council is a member-focused association dedicated to helping the building safety community and construction industry provide safe and sustainable construction through the development of codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.

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