CPSC awarding up to $2 million grants to help state, local governments avoid pool and spa hazards A grant application period runs through Wednesday, June 5, to assist state and local governments in reducing deaths and injuries from drowning and drain entrapment incidents in pools and spas. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a call for applicants for the 2019 Pool Safety Grant Program made possible through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The CPSC will award up to $2 million in two-year grants to state and local jurisdictions. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the solicitation on Grants.gov, under grant opportunity CPSC-19-001. For more information, read the full grant announcement. Questions can be answered by emailing CPSC’s grant coordinator Mae Durand at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is open for the 2019 Educational Conference being held in Syracuse NY on September 10 – 12. You can register online for the conference by clicking here
Room reservations are available at the Sheraton Syracuse University. The room rates are $98.00 / night for government employees and $103.00 / night for non-government employees. When making your reservation, make sure you tell them that you are looking for the government rate (if eligible). To be eligible for the government rate you must bring a valid government ID.
If you haven’t done so yet, you can participate in a brief survey on allowing voting members to participate in online remote voting to transact Code Council business during the ICC Annual Conference. Code Council Board President Bryant set a goal this year to assess the feasibility of online remote voting during the Annual Business Meeting. The concept of online remote voting would include Code Council Board of Directors elections and bylaw amendments. As part of this exploratory initiative, President Bryant appointed the Ad Hoc Committee on ABM Business & Elections, whose first priority is to obtain membership input and guidance. To participate in this effort, please complete this brief survey.
Dame Judith Hackitt, a world renowned expert on the Grenfell Tower fire, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Annual Conference. Her report “Building a Safer Future” was published in May 2018. Dame Judith Hackitt is a chemical engineer and is currently Chair of EEF, the UK manufacturers’ organization. She has been making presentations to audiences around the world on the tragic 2017 high rise fire in England which killed 72 people. The 2019 ICC Annual Conference will be October 20-23, preceding the Public Comment Hearings on Group B codes October 23-30, all at the Rio Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas.
International Code Council Vice President of Innovation Ryan Colker discusses the role building codes play in establishing resiliency in an article in Masonry Magazine. “The ability for buildings to contribute to community resilience depends on the standards they are built to,” Colker writes. “As presented in the recent ICC and ANCR publication, Building Community Resilience through Modern Model Building Codes, well-constructed buildings, designed to the latest building codes, are a significant factor in avoiding and reducing potential losses when disaster strikes. Communities cannot be resilient without resilient buildings.” Click here to read this important article.
The International Code Council recently announced a new fellowship to commemorate the life and legacy of Emory R. Rodgers. This fellowship enables deserving building safety professionals to advance their leadership skills by attending a nationally recognized executive development program. The fellowship covers up to $20,000 toward the full cost of the educational program and the award recipient’s travel to and from the program. For more on the program and the compelling legacy left by Mr. Rodgers, click here for the Building Safety Journal feature story. Applications are due by June 30, 2019, to Karla Higgs at email@example.com or 900 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL, 35213.