At Adtalem we understand how important natural resources are to the communities we serve. We strive to lessen our environmental impact and have launched various initiatives in alignment with this objective.
A vital component of our environmental sustainability strategy is the mitigation of our environmental impact across our facilities and institutions. To accomplish this, we work toward our three strategic, multiyear goals launched in fiscal year 2020 that drive efficient operations, resource use and waste management. These goals address a set of environmental issues that are important to Adtalem, including our impact on climate change and our effect on natural resources. View our Sustainability Report for metrics and details.
We continue to form partnerships to reduce landfill waste and address inefficiencies. During fiscal 2022, we instituted a competitive bid process that has enabled us to partner with local organizations to advance our recycling efforts more efficiently and cost effectively, while creating a positive ripple effect within the communities where we have a physical presence. Additionally, through various waste mitigation efforts we implemented in partnership with Rubicon, we diverted 23% of waste from landfills during fiscal 2022.
We continue to focus on disaster relief, hurricane preparedness and response through AUC and its Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM). Launched in 2019, the CCDM is an education and healthcare resource for communities impacted by the deepening threat of hurricanes. Additionally, in 2022, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine initiated a partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to conduct a gender-based needs assessment that will inform the development of a hurricane shelter management training program as part of a wider European Union-funded disaster resilience program.
At Adtalem, we value all life. This is exemplified by our collaborative, cross-functional One Health approach among leaders in veterinary medicine, human medicine and the environment to address critical issues facing our collective health. Globally, our professionals collaborate, teach and learn to provide expertise across a wide range of subjects and deliver the insight necessary to drive holistic problem-solving as they address highly complex issues, such as natural disaster management, the spread of infectious disease across species and food security. See our Sustainability Report for details.
Per our U.S. Supplier Code of Conduct, we expect our third party partners to use environmentally responsible practices and production methods that meet well-established certification standards. Our supplier policies can be viewed here.
As an incentive to use public transportation, Adtalem full-time colleagues are eligible for a benefit program where they are allowed to save pre-tax dollars to offset the cost of subway, commuter train, ferry, and carpool transit.