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.

Utilizing a framework developed by faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, we have adapted a survey to assess community well-being across five domains that contribute to thriving: vitality, opportunity, connectedness, contribution, and inspiration. First piloted with Yale students in February 2019, the survey is being used to gain insight on the well-being of our campus community, and help channel resources and support in ways to enhance resilience in light of COVID-19.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2019 - June 2020: 

Sustainability, Health, and Well-Being


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


We continue to focus on practices that enhance health outcomes through our work around climate action, stewardship, the built environment, mobility, and materials management. A committee of faculty and staff are developing a university-wide tool to assess community well-being and share resources that contribute to a thriving community. By 2025, we will advance university-wide programs and policies to improve health and well-being outcomes.

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 2019 - June 2020: 

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.


Nearly all Hospitality programming has been paused based on the need to focus on safe delivery of food services, in light of COVID-19. 


Sustainable Catering


By 2020, establish campus-wide sustainable catering standards.


A comprehensive matrix of sustainable catering criteria was developed, including considerations around diversity, menu development, health, labor, waste, and communication. Implementation was delayed due to COVID-19, but will resume once caterers can safely re-open for business.