Sure, we all know that cutting back on travel can have an impact on our carbon footprints. And, sure, some of us really thrive at the telecommuting thing. I, personally, work way more hours by myself in my cozy little office than with all my colleagues in my "real" office, where I spend time gabbing about the company and clients and generally gossiping anyway.
But, sometimes, you've just GOTTA get out there, which is why I'm usually at four or five high-tech industry conferences each and every calendar year. I don't feel great about it, but some things are better accomplished in person.
Genuitec, which sells the MyEclipse integrated development environment, feels pretty much the same way. Even though it's a fairly green-progressive company (operating as a virtual corporation, generally making most events virtual, and eliminating "real" media) there are times when hands-on training just feels better. The company is hoping to make its customers/users feel a little less guilty about the times when it does require them to be "be there" for things like training.
As an example, anyone who attends the McEclipse training track at the upcoming EclipseWorld in October in Reston, Va., not only will save $100 when on their registration when mentioning Genuitec, the company will make a donation to CarbonFund.org in order to offset the travel required to get there.