Sustainable Environment

Throughout our history, Davey has been synonymous with environmental awareness and stewardship. We comply with all federal, state and local environmental regulations, and our policies are based on responsible, science-based actions. We hold ourselves accountable to managing and mitigating our impacts on the environment, and help our clients do the same. This section contains our management approach and annual performance for the following material environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics below.

  • Energy & Emissions

    For nearly 140 years, we have emphasized the natural capital of trees, plant life and animal habitats created for our homes and communities. As we begin to see evidence of a changing climate in our work and research, we have the capability and responsibility to adapt to a changing climate and create positive impacts through our environmental services. Further, we remain committed to reducing our carbon emissions and fossil fuel use.

  • Water Management

    Access to a clean and plentiful water supply continues to be a growing challenge for many of the communities in which we operate. At Davey, we are committed to continuing our legacy of environmental stewardship through responsible water use. In addition, we are increasingly collaborating with our valued stakeholders to deliver solutions for their water management needs. As an essential element for plant health care, our commitment to water stewardship is critical for the continued success of our business.

  • Waste & Recycling

    As a provider of scientifically based horticultural and environmental services, Davey generates a significant amount of wood waste, producing more than one million tonnes of wood waste each year. Wood waste accounts for nearly 100 percent of Davey’s total waste. As responsible stewards of our natural environment, we are committed to decreasing our waste footprint.

Room to Grow 

In May 2017, Davey acquired 170 acres of land across the street from our corporate headquarters in Kent, Ohio. The abundance of trees and green space, diverse topography and proximity to our current corporate offices provides Davey ample opportunity for capability and facility expansion. Known as the Davey East Campus, the property could also include additional office space for our corporate functions. The property offers a variety of areas for showcasing many of Davey’s diverse services, such as wetland management around the Cuyahoga River, golf course maintenance expertise or our core tree services. 

Planting a Tree for Every Employee

Davey has committed to plant one tree for each of our 10,500 employees with the Arbor Day Foundation through a donation to the #TeamTrees global reforestation effort. In 2019 Davey celebrated 40 years of employee ownership. To mark this milestone, the company committed $10,500 to the Arbor Day #TeamTrees campaign. For every $1 donated Arbor Day will plant one tree in forests of high need in California, India and Kenya. The #TeamTrees campaign started when a popular YouTube content creator asked his audience how he should celebrate achieving an audience of 20 million followers, and his audience suggested they plant 20 million trees by 2020. 

Honoring Veterans With Trees

To honor both trees and veterans, Davey Resource Group (DRG) helped plant half a dozen trees this Arbor Day in Fall River, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts’ Department of Conservation and Recreation worked alongside DRG employees to replace windstorm damaged trees with a resistant variety of American elm trees. Fall River Street Tree Planting Program (FRSTPP) organized the event and invited Andy Hillman, regional business developer for DRG, and Liz McKinley, associate consultant for DRG, to demonstrate proper planting and mulching procedures. The mayor of Fall River dedicated the trees to Fall River veterans who were killed in the Gulf War and Mary Ann Wordell, the founder and president of the FRSTPP.