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October 3, 2008
Jones Lang LaSalle


Big shout-out to sponsor Venable, which congratulates Stanley, Inc. on its recent acquisition Oberon Associates, Inc. Venable invites you to a breakfast panel on the challenges faced by government contractors, which it's hosting with Venable, PNC Bank and Beers + Cutler. Morning of Oct 8 at the Tower Club. RSVP or get more info:


We try to be green as the next company (we don't use paper or delivery trucks, after all), but we can always use tips from our friends at the Tech Council of Maryland, who yesterday hosted a Clean & Green Conference at the Bethesda Hyatt. We joined more than 100 to hear about ways to help out and save a buck in the process.


Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot told the crowd the state's looking to reduce energy costs in its 9,000-vehicle fleet, which has fewer than 100 hybrids, and in installing geothermal heating and cooling in schools. "Some of the poorer districts already have geothermal technology, not to be green, but to be frugal, and we need to follow suit," says Peter, who said he was a little tired after staying up late the night before to watch his beloved Boston Red Sox.


Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection energy planner Eric Coffman, B&D Consulting's Phil Singerman, Lore Systems founder Mike Velotta, TeleBright VP Patrick McGugan and Gensler VP Paul Samala. Eric told the audience that 64% of greenhouses gas comes from homes and businesses, so the county is mandating that every building built after 2010 meet strict energy standards. "Buildings last for decades, so we have to make sure the ones we build now can help us in the future."


North America Power Partners' Christine Kurz and Social & Scientific Systems' June Mickens. June tells us her company is studying environmental factors surrounding breast cancer patients and their healthy sisters to look for cancer causing agents. On another research front, June will be spending the weekend helping her son prepare a book report on Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy.


Montgomery College's Robert Snyder, Montgomery County biz dev specialist Corinne Rothblum, and Standard Solar CMO Jim Pierobon. Robert tells us Montgomery College is offering courses in environmental engineering and looking into courses to train energy auditors. Jim tells us he'll be spending this weekend on a tour his firm organizes to visit area homes equipped with the company's solar-energy system.


This time next year an agreement between the Department of Commerce and the Los Angeles-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) may be no more, meaning the distribution of domain names bought from consumer registrars like will lose direct US government oversight. (ICANN just celebrated its 10th anniversary.) We were on hand this week at the National Press Club for a Q&A with ICANN Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush, who's currently touring the world quelling concerns.


Butera & Andrews partner Philip Corwin says his firm represents 120 domain name investors and professional registrants in 14 countries. A few months ago he saw sell for more than $700,000, so there is apparently some cash to be made. He expressed concern that a Kentucky judge recently seized 140 domain names associated with gambling, asking if the Chinese could do this for websites on Tibet. He asked for by-laws that govern how to respond to local laws that affect investors and Internet domain users around the world.


Here close enough to admire his red tie with what appear to be iridescent blue floating hemp plants, we see Thrush joined by Paul Twomey, who optimistically outlined efforts to demonstrate transparency, accountability, community governance, contractual compliance should ICANN depart from the DoC agreement. ICANN VP of corporate affairs Paul Levins said its tried to avoid the transparency complaint by posting everything from board minutes, notices of upcoming meetings, in-bound and out-bound correspondence, and newsletters to staff blogs. There is so much info posted that ICANN is working on a way to summarize for those who like to skim.


NeuStar's Jeff Neuman, Pharos Global's Michael Palage, ICANN's registry liaison manager Patrick Jones, and Network Solutions' Jonathon Nevett. During the Q&A, Jeff advocated ending a policy that would allow members to vote in only one subcommittee. ICANN's Paul Levins said the rule is necessary to prevent one member from getting more than one slice of the cherry pie. We're not sure what that meant, but it sounded right.


Happy lawyers Rod Woodson of Holland & Knight and The Plubell Firm's Ann Marie Plubell, who says the ICANN did a great job "continuing its active listening" Wednesday. If you missed the complaint session yesterday, be sure to visit Dakar, Senegal, conveniently located in North Africa for the Oct. 13 party. Future events will be in Cairo Nov. 7 and Mexico City next March.

David Stegon was on vacation the last week. David does not get another vacation until Spring 2017, so he has plenty of time to read any story ideas you send to 

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