ULI Houston Development of Distinction Awards Honors Innovative Elementary School

Children plant fruits and vegetables in the James Berry school garden.

For the first time in the seven-year history of ULI Houston’s Development of Distinction Awards, a “positive impact on community health” was made part of the award criteria. While many outstanding projects were honored, James Berry Elementary School–the winner in the non-profit category–stood out as exemplary….
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Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places District Council Speaker Series Spring 2014

Principle 1: Put People First

In late January, Maureen McAvey presented findings from the Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places report at the inaugural meeting of ULI’s Carolinas District Councils in Charlotte. Participants in this speaker series hear from ULI staff, prominent members, and local response panels about how the principles outlined in this report can be used to design and build healthier places in their communities. …
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Walkable Urban Places: Good for Business, Good for Health

Pedestrian-oriented street near the GWU Campus in Washington, DC

Two recently released two reports explore the re-emergence of walkable urban places—dubbed “WalkUPs”—and possibly the decline of sprawl in two major U.S. cities: Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. Findings from both reports showed that the economic value of neighborhoods is positively correlated with the walkability of those neighborhoods….
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Building Healthy Places: ULI Reaches Out and Builds Awareness

Ed McMahon speaking at the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign Summit in Westminster, Colorado.

Raising awareness of the connections between health and the built environment is a major focus of ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative. In late 2013, Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow, had the opportunity to reach out to several important groups on behalf of this initiative….
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ULI Research Roundup: The Impact of Bicycle Infrastructure Investment on Retail Sales and Job Creation

Courtesy of Streetsblog

What are the economic benefits of bicycle infrastructure on retail sales and jobs? The links between bicycle infrastructure and economic returns, measured by retail sales and new jobs, is something that ULI research staff gets asked about frequently….
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Colorado Health Foundation and ULI Working to Create Healthier Communities in Colorado

Panelists work on recommendations for creating a healthier Arvada.

In the spring of 2013 the Colorado Health Foundation sponsored three ULI Advisory Services panels in Colorado communities of varying typology with the goal of developing strategies for healthy living environments, where the healthy choice is the easy choice. These panels marked the first time that Advisory Services panels focused specifically on connections between land use and health, and served as a launching point for ULI’s newest initiative, Building Healthy Places….
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