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 goal(s): 

Sustainability, Health, and Well-Being


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


The creation of a working group has been postponed to the end of the calendar year, in order to confirm University priorities around sustainability, health, and well-being. Several University policies have been identified as candidates for health impact assessment review, including Green Cleaning Standards and Sustainable Transportation Framework recommendations. 

Resilient Food Systems

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

In 2017, The School of Public Health students spent a semester analyzing the nutritional value of pizza, a staple on campus and in New Haven. They developed a set of recommendations for pizza that are better for people and the planet. Their findings indicate that there are benefits to selecting meatless options, doubling vegetable toppings, and requesting half the cheese. 

This Objective is supported by the following goal(s): 

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.


Yale Hospitality has convened an advisory committee of faculty members and professionals to inform the process of creating a next-generation Sustainability Action Plan for Yale Hospitality.


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.