Our District and National Councils are incorporating the Building Healthy Places Initiative into their programming, events, and awards. Below, read about some of these local activities and find out about upcoming District Council Building Healthy Places events.
Urban Innovation Grants
Seventeen District and National Councils have been awarded Urban Innovation Grants to promote the importance of healthy places at the local level. The grants, totaling $250,000, were awarded to projects that recognize or launch innovative public-private partnerships that advance the responsible use of land in building healthy, thriving communities worldwide. Read more about the projects that are being funded through this grant program.
The ULI Minnesota District Council has been working with other local partners to promote creation of a healthy community in the Prospect North Innovation District in Minneapolis. These efforts are documented in a new implementation guide and toolkit that presents methods and lessons learned when working to enhance neighborhood health. Read the guide.
The four Texas District Councils—Austin, Houston, North Texas, and San Antonio—created the Texas Task Force on Building Healthy Places to raise awareness of connections between health and real estate for ULI members. The task force hosted presentations and workshops in each city, which culminated in a recently released report, Building a Healthier Texas. Read the report.
ULI St. Louis partnered with leadership organization FOCUS St. Louis to present a year of programming that explores what it might mean to build a healthy St. Louis. This series has explored what is means to build a healthy place, the role neighborhoods play in building healthier cities, and how entrepreneurism and talent attraction helps shape healthy economies. The partnership has also been able to raise the awareness of ULI and FOCUS members to the work of the Christian Activity Center, which has been doing transformative work within an underserved part of the community. Read more.
The third annual Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs) Conference in Washington, DC, co-hosted by ULI Washington, focused on ways to improve social equity, a critical ingredient of a healthy place. Read more.
Healthy places include a variety of housing options. ULI Cleveland held a program on developing healthy multifamily housing. The program focused on Hummingbird Pointe in Parma, Ohio, a multifamily redevelopment project by Forest City. New healthy features for residents include a wellness center with a saltwater pool, a number of classes and activities, and onsite healthcare access. Read more.
One feature of a healthy place is access to culture and creativity. ULI Chicago hosted a session to explore the role of the arts in creating vibrant communities. The event included a tour of one of Chicago’s newest cultural assets, the University of Chicago Arts Incubator. Read more.
The five ULI District Councils in Florida released a new publication, Building a Healthier Florida, on June 13 at the ULI Florida Summit in Orlando. The report is an outcome of a series of activities that explored opportunities to make the state a healthier place, and was supported by an Urban Innovation Grant. Read more about this effort.
ULI San Francisco and ULI Northwest received an Urban Innovation Grant to support a member knowledge exchange between the two district councils. From May 7-9, ULI San Francisco hosted members from San Francisco and Seattle as part of a study trip focused on innovative topic areas related to health, land use, and real estate. These members also visited Seattle, hosted by ULI Northwest, from June 4-6. Read more: San Francisco study trip and Seattle study trip.
ULI Washington received funding from an Urban Innovation Grant to support a series of engagements by the District Council around the creation of the 11th Street Bridge Park. An event on April 30 explored the possibilities for the Bridge Park, and what it could mean for the health of DC residents. Read more.
ULI Cleveland‘s Young Leaders Group arranged a tour of the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation’s urban hydroponic greenhouse. The YLG learned about food production and real estate, and how the greenhouse is impacting the community. Read more.
In March 2014, ULI Singapore and the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) conducted a collaborative research study with renowned Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl to formulate principles for improving walkability and bikeability in Singapore. Two different workshops engaged community members and an e-book was released in June. Read more.
In 2014, ULI Houston‘s Development of Distinction Awards included a “positive impact on community health” as part of the award criteria. One stand-out award-winner was the James Berry Elementary School, which is serving both students and the surrounding community in innovative health-promoting ways. Read more.
Building for Wellness: The Business Case
With the release of our newest report, Building for Wellness: The Business Case, we are planning a speaker series to present the profiles and findings. Read more about past and upcoming District Council events that feature this publication.
In the Spring of 2014, the Building Healthy Places Initiative worked with the District Councils to organize a speaker series for the Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places publication. Read more about which cities we visited and to get information from the events (where available).