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

New Project Profiles Showcase Health-Promoting Features at Mixed-Income Housing Developments

Mariposa | Denver, CO (Denver Housing Authority)

Two new ULI profiles of affordable and mixed-income housing developments highlight how health-promoting features, such as community clinics,…

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New Project Profiles Highlight Interconnections Among Walking, Bicycling, and Real Estate

US 36 Bikeway | Boulder to Westminster, CO (Commuting Solutions, 2016))

Two new active transportation project profiles released by ULI showcase the growing synergies between real estate development and…

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Building Healthy Places in Seattle: 2017 Spring Meeting Events

ULI’s 2017 Spring Meeting will take place in Seattle, Washington from May 2-4

These are some can’t-miss programs relating to health at ULI’s upcoming 2017 Spring Meeting in Seattle, Washington from…

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ULI Health Leaders Program

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The Building Healthy Places Initiative is thrilled to announce a new opportunity, the ULI Health Leaders Network, which…

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Product Council--Building Healthy Places Initiative Joint Research Opportunity

Shellan Rodriguez, Lunch and Overview

The Building Healthy Places Initiative is excited to have the opportunity to work with two ULI Product Councils…

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News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: February 2017

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News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: December 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
  • 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.