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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.

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 will build 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 two-year Building Healthy Places Initiative, which launched in July 2013, ULI is working to promote health across the globe.

What We Are Doing

Through the Building Healthy Places Initiative, ULI will focus on four main areas of impact:

Awareness. Raise awareness in the real estate community of the connections between health and the built environment, working to make sure health is a mainstream consideration.

Tools. Develop or share tools – including best practices, criteria, and other materials – that define and advance approaches to healthy buildings, projects, and communities.

Value. 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.

Commitments. Gain commitments from members and others, including local governments, to work, build, and operate in more health-promoting ways.

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.

Reports

Intersections: Health and the Built Environment explores global health trends and makes the link between those trends and what has been happening to our built environment. It looks at the relationship between how healthy we are and the way our buildings and communities function. This report was released November 6 at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.

 

 

 

Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places, which distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013, as well as insights from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields, sets out ten important principles that can be used to create a new approach to building healthy communities.This report was released November 6 at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.

 

 Learn more about Building Healthy Places Initiative.