Health & Well-being

Healthy Planet, Healthy People

From our campus buildings and landscape to transportation, food, and energy, our activities to improve the environment can also enhance the health and well-being of the Yale community, as well as those surrounding it.

Yale’s Efforts

  • In 2015 Yale announced its tobacco-free public health campaign, which reflects the University’s commitment to reduce pollution and provide a healthier environment for all members of the campus community. 
  • Yale Hospitality emphasizes the importance of health and wellness through its food service offerings. Examples of the Yale Hospitality offerings include a plant-based protein program, salt reduction initiative, spa water program, emphasis on local food sourcing and catch of the day, and more.
  • Yale’s custodial teams utilize a technology that uses electrolysis (a mixture of water, electricity and salt) to provide a powerful and disinfecting solution that avoids the use of chemicals entirely. In addition, they follow a set of Green Cleaning Standards that promote human health, and health of the environment. 
  • The Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative utilizes Yale’s multidisciplinary expertise and global reach to train future leaders, provide a comprehensive educational program, and catalyze innovative research, all to address one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.

What You Can Do

  • Get active! Utilize the Yale Shuttle or other public transportation, walk or bike around campus. 
  • Save energy. Reducing energy use improves air quality as well. 

Our Objectives and Goals

A Healthy, Vibrant Campus

Encourage decision-making and behaviors that lead to a healthy, vibrant campus and surrounding community.

The Yale School of Medicine and New York University co-hosted a workshop that brought together experts in engineering, sustainability science, clinical care and health systems management to tackle the issue of resource consumption and environmental emissions associated with medicine and health care services. 

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 

Sustainability, Health, and Well-Being


By 2020, align University efforts to increase awareness of health benefits of sustainability initiatives and improve health outcomes.


Health and well-being are being integrated in planning and operating decisions for buildings and grounds. An update to the university’s Design Standards and Green Cleaning Standards reflect these topics.

Resilient Food Systems

Promote resilient food systems through on-campus food service and community-wide efforts.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2017 - June 2018: 

Food Literacy and Resilience


By 2020, establish a fresh sustainable food action plan that that sets new standards for measuring the ecological and social impacts of on-campus food preparation and consumption.


In the spring of 2018, students from Public Health and Forestry & Environmental Studies conducted an analysis of the food waste in the Yale Dining Halls, which concluded with a workshop to garner solutions. Additionally, over 400 people participated in “Food Conversations” events focused on sustainability featuring high-profile chefs from around the country.


Sustainable Catering


By 2020, establish campus-wide sustainable catering standards.


Efforts to date have included the development of a healthy meeting fact sheet and background research for sustainability recommendations for area caterers.