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.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2020 - June 2021: 
Goal: 

Sustainability, Health, and Well-Being

ON TRACK

By 2025, we will advance university-wide programs and policies to improve health and well-being outcomes.

Progress: 

A Collective Well-Being Survey was developed and launched to provide a tool for self-assessment and for measuring a group’s well-being. Initial survey results show that respondents’ perspectives are in line with national trends, with current feelings of dissatisfaction alongside optimism for the future. A website to promote university resources to enhance belonging and well-being was launched to accompany the survey.

Resilient Food Systems

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

In Fall 2020, two novel potato species from Cecarelli Farms were introduced to Yale Dining. This partnership with local organizations helps support local agriculture in the surrounding community. In addition to purchasing local potatoes, Yale Hospitality’s procurement of local berries, apples, and more ensures diners have access to local, nutrient-rich foods. Yale Hospitality has since built partnerships around local food to provide outreach opportunities to increase both student engagement and food literacy.

This Objective is supported by the following goals. Progress reflects activities and accomplishments from July 2020 - June 2021: 
Goal: 

Food Literacy and Resilience

ACHIEVED

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

Progress: 

This goal was achieved in 2020. Yale Hospitality has continued to raise awareness around sustainable and healthy food, and has extensive measures in place to promote healthy and safety amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goal: 

Sustainable Catering

ACHIEVED

By 2020, establish campus-wide sustainable catering standards.

Progress: 

This goal was achieved in 2020, when a comprehensive matrix of sustainable catering criteria was developed, including considerations around diversity, menu development, health, labor, waste, and communication.