Building Healthy Places Initiative

At the beginning of 2013, ULI’s Board of Directors adopted a focus on healthy communities as a cross-disciplinary theme for the organization. The initiative spans fiscal years 2014 and 2015 and leverages the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities worldwide.

Building Healthy Places Initiative

ULI has launched an ambitious, global initiative of research, convenings, publications, and advisory services titled Building Healthy Places. All geared toward better understanding the link between health and the built environment through real estate. And ultimately intended to demonstrate how healthier places create and sustain greater value.

The most recent and most comprehensive publication from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative is the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment. The report outlines 21 recommendations for promoting health at the building or project scale. These “gold star” recommendations are organized according to three categories:

  • Physical Activity
  • Healthy Food and Drinking Water
  • Healthy Environment and Social Well-Being

Three previous ULI Reports are available for free download or purchase from the ULI Website. Intersections: Health and the Built Environment  and Ten Principals for Building Healthy Places  were followed by a compilation of 13 case studies from around the world,  Building for Wellness: The Business Case. 

ULI Statewide efforts to promote healthier places

Beginning in 2014, Texas District Councils  collaborated on a project  partially funded by a ULI Urban Innovation Grant to identify leading-edge developers who are building healthy places. From that work, we have distilled their best practices into a report, publication and expert panel presentations on Building a Healthier Texas.
This work is ongoing under the Houston Building Healthy Places Committee chaired by Rives Taylor, FAIA, LEED ® AP BD+C, Regional Sustainability Leader and Principal with Gensler. We look forward to learning from the best in the industry, and new partnerships with non-traditional partners who share our interest in creating healthier communities for future generations. Want to help? Contact us.

Learn more about award-winning Houston Case Study on ULI Global site

ULI Development of Distinction Award Winner (Nonprofit) James Berry Elementary has been highlighted as a case study on the ULI Global Building Healthy Places web site. Learn more.

Watch free streaming video of ULI expert panel presentation: “Building Healthy Communities and the Bottom Line”

Developers Jonathan Brinsden, CEO of Midway and Tom Wolliver, Director of Planning & Management for Hillwood,  Investor Thomas Bacon, Founding Partner of Lionstone Investments, and David Calkins, Regional Managing Principal for Gensler, discuss projects that promote health and wellbeing with Rachel MacCleery, Senior Vice President, ULI, Washington DC.  Watch video of their conversation here.