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.
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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.