Back in October I penned a missive about substituting virtual meetings for live (meatspace) ones. I challenged myself and others to avoid the convention of boarding a plane for remote face-to-face meetings and use network collaboration tools like conference calls, video conferencing, and virtual worlds as an alternative.
I was able to successfully use these virtual substitutes for the last calendar quarter of 2007 with only one exception, and have a 50%-less-travel goal in 2008, using virtual meetings instead.
One very nice side effect of this effort was that I was contacted by the excellent people at the Nature Conservancy, who asked me to write up a brief summary of my efforts for Nature.org, which they were kind enough to publish here, which was also picked up by the Digg community here. I appreciate the support and outreach I have received from the community, which has been extensive in the short period since the article was published.
As a result, I'd like to encourage those would also like to adopt virtual interactions as a more environmentally-friendly substitute for air-travel to share their best practices and guidance in the blog comments, which I pledge to aggregate into a user-editable Wiki for the community to share. I will be bringing up a Wiki in the next 24-48 hours and will publish a link here as soon as I have it.