Building Healthy Places Initiative

Building Healthy Places Initiative

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Programs

Food and Real Estate

Healthy Corridors

Creative Placemaking

Recent Reports

Cultivating Development

This report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate.

Building Healthy Corridors

This report explores strategies for transforming commercial corridors—found in nearly every community across the United States—into places that support the health of the people who live, work, and travel along them.

Active Transportation

This report explores the interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate development. It showcases the growing synergies between real estate development and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments.

What We Are Doing

Through the Building Healthy Places Initiative, ULI is focusing 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.

News From the Building Healthy Places Initiative

Member Spotlight with Peter Rummell: Programming is Key to Healthy Living

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Peter Rummell of RummellMunz Partners is profiled for the Building Healthy Places Initiative member spotlight, which highlights the…

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Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate

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This report explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants,…

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News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: November 2016

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News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: November 2016.

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District Council Creative Placemaking Opportunities

ULI District Councils can apply for two collaborative creative placemaking opportunities.

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Roundup: Creative Placemaking at ULI’s Fall Meeting in Dallas

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The 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas featured a lot of excellent Creative Placemaking content.

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Fall Meeting Roundup: Building Healthy Places

Fall Meeting 2016

The 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas had a number of great sessions from the Building Healthy Places Initiative.

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About the Building Healthy Places Initiative

The Building Healthy Places Initiative leverages the power of ULI's global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. Learn more.

Contact us at health@uli.org.

What Is a Healthy Place?

Healthy Places are designed, built, and programmed to support the physical, mental, and social well-being of the people who live, work, learn, and visit there. Healthy Places:

  • offer healthy and affordable housing options, and a variety of safe, comfortable, and convenient transportation choices
  • provide access to healthy foods, the natural environment, and other amenities that allow people to reach their full potential.
  • are designed thoughtfully, with an eye to making the healthy choice the easy choice, and are built using health-promoting materials.
  • address unique community issues with innovative and sustainable solutions.