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.

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Reports

Active Transportation and Real EstateActive Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier 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.

 

 

 

America in 2015 CoverAmerica in 2015, the second edition of ULI’s community survey, gauges Americans’ opinions and realities regarding housing, transportation, and community. The report, which was released at ULI’s Spring Meeting last week and produced in conjunction with ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, uncovers important community design–related barriers to living a healthy life.

 

 

 

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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_coverRetail 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.

 

 

 

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.

News From the Building Healthy Places Initiative

Randall Lewis Supports the Building Healthy Places Initiative with a $500,000 Gift

Randall Lewis

Randall Lewis, a ULI Foundation governor and longtime ULI member, has made a $500,000 gift in support of…

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Building Healthy Places in Dallas: 2016 Fall Meeting Events

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 10:  Tour of Dallas, TX, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.

ULI's Spring Meeting, April 19-21 in Philadelphia, will feature tours and programs that highlight health and the built…

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Juanita Hardy Dives Deep into Creative Placemaking

Juanita Hardy

Juanita Hardy is a new senior visiting fellow at ULI, and her goal will be to curate and…

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News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: August 2016

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

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Building Healthy Places Interest Forum at the Fall Meeting in Dallas

2014 ULI Urban Open Space Award Winner Klyde Warren Park located in Dallas, Texas

The fourth Building Healthy Places Interest Forum will be held in October in conjunction with ULI's Fall Meeting…

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News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: July 2016

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

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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
  • Healthy Places provide access to healthy foods, the natural environment, and other amenities that allow people to reach their full potential.
  • Healthy Places are designed thoughtfully, with an eye to making the healthy choice the easy choice, and are built using health-promoting materials.
  • Healthy Places address unique community issues with innovative and sustainable solutions.

Learn about Healthy Places

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