Leveraging the power of ULI's global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.
Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. For many years, ULI and its members have been active players in discussions and projects that make the link between human health and development; we know that health is a core component of thriving communities.
The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative is building on that work with a multifaceted program—including research and publications, convenings, and advisory activities—to leverage the power of the Institute’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.
Through the Building Healthy Places Initiative, which launched in July 2013, ULI is working to promote health across the globe.
ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines 21 evidence-supported recommendations for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments across three categories: physical activity, healthy food and drinking water, and healthy environments and social well-being. The Center for Active Design served as a contributing author and expert content partner.
Retail in Underserved Communities—co-authored by ULI Senior Resident Fellow Maureen McAvey and Bridget Lane, director of Business Districts Inc. in Evanston, Illinois—explores factors that hamper retail development in some lower-income communities and offers solutions to overcome the dearth of shopping options for neighborhood residents.
Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, and Resilience in a Changing Environment, the latest report in the Housing in America series, examines the role of housing in creating healthy and resilient communities in the face of climate change. Through profiles of three cities dealing with threats of extreme weather, this report presents a set of key takeaways to promote the development of healthy and resilient housing and communities. This report was produced in conjunction with ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing.
Building for Wellness: The Business Case highlights 13 projects of varying product type and scale that were developed with health and wellness in mind and explores the business case for incorporating health into development projects. In a series of profiles, developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded. This report was produced in conjunction with ULI’s Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.
Intersections: Health and the Built Environment explores global health trends and makes the link between those trends and what has been happening to our built environment. It looks at the relationship between how healthy we are and the way our buildings and communities function. This report was released November 6 at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, which distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013, as well as insights from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields, sets out ten important principles that can be used to create a new approach to building healthy communities.This report was released November 6 at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
Unlock Real Estate Value with Healthy Projects and Places
The ULI conference Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value was held February 20-21, 2014 in Los Angeles. Click here to access session write-ups, photos, and speaker presentations from this event!
What We Are Doing
Through the Building Healthy Places Initiative, ULI will focus on four main areas of impact:
Raising Awareness. Raise awareness of the connections between health and the built environment in the real estate community, and work to make sure health is a mainstream consideration.
Defining the Approach. Help to define and share information about the design elements, programming strategies, materials, and other approaches that improve health for people.
Exploring the Value Proposition. Build understanding of the market and nonmarket factors at play in building healthy places, and the value proposition of building and operating in health-promoting ways.
Advancing the State of Practice and Policy. Using the ULI membership as a lever, and in partnership with others, advance the state of policy and practice. Incorporate considerations about transportation, connectivity, and access, and encourage shifts in built-environment shaping policies.