.GREEN Passes ICANN's Initial Evaluation
You can read the press release after the jump :
"DotGreen Community, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) completed the initial evaluation of DotGreen’s sustainability focused .green Top-Level Domain (TLD) application. Approval came on Friday, April 19, 2013 as part of the ICANN New TLD program.
Passing ICANN’s initial evaluation is a major milestone toward bringing .green website addresses online. The news comes on the heels of the ICANN 46 international meetings where DotGreen, longtime advocate for the green community, remains a valuable and equal stakeholder of the Internet. Four members of the DotGreen team were present among a record-breaking number of international stakeholders and delegates who gathered to discuss governance, policies and the future of the Internet name space.
“This is great news for DotGreen Community, Inc.,” said Annalisa Roger, Founder and CEO. "So soon after returning from a significant week of engagement at ICANN Beijing, our green friends and new partners in China are excited to share in this achievement with us and the global green community.”
Out of almost 2,000 applications, 200 have passed ICANN’s initial evaluation at this time. ICANN is responsible for vetting all new TLD applications; the important initial evaluation step is determined by the guidelines of the New TLD Applicant Guidebook.
“Passing the evaluation demonstrates our ability to run an operationally sound, safe and secure TLD,” said Tim Switzer, COO/CFO. “This is a significant step for bringing green online, and puts us one step closer to the reality of seeing the contribution .green will make to the global sustainability movement.”
Passing with a high score indicates that DotGreen passed financial requirements and presented reliable technical operations for the new .green TLD and is ready to become a part of the global Internet infrastructure. Neustar, DotGreen’s technical services provider, was recently selected by ICANN as one of three Emergency Back-End Registry Operators for the entire TLD program.
The .green TLD will be the “green” online space for companies, associations, governmental organizations, nonprofits/NGOs, and individuals aligned with the shared values and practices of the green movement. New .green websites will collectively boost awareness, education and the worldwide shift toward sustainability. Because part of the purchase of every .green domain name will contribute to the support of programs and projects aimed at sustainability in all regions of the world, the success of .green will directly benefit those who use it. DotGreen Community, Inc. has partnerships with the DotGreen Foundation, a Public Benefit Charity, and EarthShare, a U.S.-based non-profit federation of more than 500 of the world’s leading environmental organizations.
“DotGreen is thankful for the continued support of global citizens and the green community, including environmental and humanitarian organizations worldwide, and the many stakeholders of the Internet industry who have supported this important public interest project,” said Roger.
Given the ICANN New TLD timeline, it is expected that .green domain names will be available to the public during a global Internet launch in the first quarter of 2014.
ABOUT THE DOTGREEN COMMUNITY, INC: DotGreen Community Inc. (DGC) was incorporated in February 2011 for the sole purpose of bringing the new .green Top Level Domain, a Public Interest TLD for people and planet, to the Internet for the advancement of the world’s shift to sustainable development. DGC is located in Greenbrae, in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a professional staff dedicated to bringing together the global green movement with the technologies, social benefits, and intrinsic values of the Internet. For more information about .green, please go to http://www.dotgreen.org.
ABOUT THE DOTGREEN FOUNDATION: Founded in 2007, the DotGreen Foundation is a California Not-for-profit Public Benefit Charity with US 501(c)(3) tax exemption status. Located in Greenbrae, California, the DotGreen Foundation focuses on education and supporting global solutions and innovations aimed at sustainability for people and our planet. For more information, please go to http://www.dotgreenfoundation.org.
ABOUT EARTHSHARE: Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, EarthShare has raised $300 million for more than 500 global, national and local member charities since its inception in 1988. For 25 years, EarthShare has connected hundreds of thousands of individuals, companies and public agencies with environmental and conservation groups through employee engagement and giving campaigns at workplaces across the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.earthshare.org or contact info(at)earthshare(dot)org."