In 2018, the Doyon, Limited Board of Directors formally made a change to the Doyon values to incorporate a “commitment to long-term sustainability” as a core value. This reflects a commitment long held at Doyon and evidenced by decades of previous work. At the same time, it highlights a renewed effort to measure, improve, and formally plan for sustainability.
Initiative Focus Areas
- Reduce carbon footprint
- Reduce solid waste
- Reduce energy usage
- Recognize and build carbon offsets
- Invest $5 million in 5 years in sustainability infrastructure
- Manage one million acres for voluntary forest offset projects
ESG reporting is the disclosure of environmental, social and corporate governance data. As with all disclosures, its purpose is to shed light on Doyon’s ESG activities while improving shareholder transparency and inspiring other organizations be good stewards of the land.
Doyon’s carbon forestry project
Our lands are our lives: our past, present, and future.
Doyon’s Carbon Forestry Project is an exciting initiative that prioritizes conservation while generating income from carbon captured in our forests. This project highlights the ecological and cultural values of our lands while creating financial benefits and preserving community access.
Doyon maintains ownership of these lands, ensuring our ability to utilize the land for multiple purposes, including local and subsistence use as well as recreation.
Thanks to Indigenous stewardship, Alaska’s arctic boreal forest can sequester carbon and help counteract climate change. It is an affirmation of our ecological work throughout history, and an agreement that we will continue our land stewardship far into the future.
The Tsogh Project was established in 2020, and the two-part Ts’ebaa Project is now underway. The projects were named after white spruce trees, translated in Athabascan languages. Ts’ebaa is Denaakk’e (Koyukon) and Tsogh (ts’ǒgh) is Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross).
Located near the Tanana and Yukon Rivers, these projects will be managed to ensure environmental benefits for their 40-year time spans.
“As a Leader In All We Do, we see this as an opportunity to balance economic development and land preservation for today and future generations,” says Aaron M. Schutt, President and Chief Executive Officer at Doyon.
Learn more about Doyon’s carbon forestry project below.
Selected PROJECT SUCCESSES
- Water bottle stations replaced all water fountains in the Doyon Plaza building.
- Kantinsha Roadhouse was awarded Gold-level – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
- The Fairbanks Water and Soil Conservation District restored the riparian zone in front of the Doyon Plaza.
- Shareholder printed newsletters were reduced from six to four per year to save on paper and transporting.