Environmental Protection

2.6 Billion Sanitation Business Opportunities

2010 World Toilet Summit Comes to Philadelphia

The International Code Council (ICC) World Toilet Summit 2010 will be presented by the Code Council and hosted by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) during this year’s ASPE Convention and Engineered Plumbing Exposition to be held Oct. 30 – Nov. 3 in Philadelphia.

This joint ASPE and ICC conference came about as a result of the Code Council’s strong relationships with both ASPE and the World Toilet Organization (WTO). For the past several years, WTO and ICC's Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas (PMG) Group have been partnering on various initiatives to help improve sanitation conditions worldwide. ICC also recently signed an agreement with ASPE that focuses on collaborating on programs that will advance the plumbing industry.

The theme of the 2010 summit is "2.6 Billion Sanitation Business Opportunities." Key tracks are Innovations in Global Toilet Design, Bottom of the Pyramid Market (1.8 billion of the 2.6 billion people without proper sanitation who have purchasing power) and Micro Financing, Advocacy and Potty Parity, and the Cleaning and Personal Care Market. This conference will reveal how to capitalize on these huge markets while helping to solve the sanitation crisis at the same time. The ICC-focused tracks are Green and Codes & Standards, which both round out the summit's sanitation topics and complement ASPE’s tracks.

"We are so fortunate to have the right partners for the 2010 World Toilet Summit," said Jack Sim, WTO founder. "ASPE and the ICC are such respected and highly professional organizations that are also devoted to helping to improve sanitation conditions around the world. Partnering with them to present this important event to U.S. businesses is very exciting."

ASPE's biannual convention attracts plumbing engineers and other construction professionals. Its exhibition features more than 300 manufacturers, suppliers and other companies.

WTO is a global non-profit organization committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. Founded in 2001 with 15 members, it now has 235 member organizations in 58 countries, all of which are working toward eliminating the toilet taboo and delivering sustainable sanitation.

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