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 2018 - June 2019: 
Goal: 

Sustainability, Health, and Well-Being

UPDATED

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

Progress: 

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 2018 - June 2019: 
Goal: 

Food Literacy and Resilience

ACHIEVED

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.

Progress: 

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

Goal: 

Sustainable Catering

ACHIEVED

By 2020, establish campus-wide sustainable catering standards.

Progress: 

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.