Applied Biosystems has reduced hazardous waste generation by more than 50% at its local facilities in the past five years. It has retrofitted its Foster City campus with many energy saving devices and is a leader in recycling. Employees are offered incentives in support of carpooling and public transit. It is working to eliminate many suspected carcinogens from its instrument designs although it is currently exempt from the Restrictions on Hazardous Substances Directive. Applied Biosystems was recognized by Community Gatepath of Northern California for employing people with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities. For eleven years, it has supported biotechnology education at San Mateo High School through a program open to both students and adults through the San Mateo County Regional Occupation Program.