For Immediate Release:
Apply today! Expert help available, free, to help your community build active, healthy lifestyles
Deadline to apply: Monday, April 23rd, 2018
ULI Colorado’s Building Healthy Places Workshops: Two opportunities Available in 2018
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a research and education nonprofit whose 40,000 members include leading architects, developers, and planners. ULI’s mission is to provide leadership in responsible land use to create and sustain thriving communities.
In partnership with the Colorado Health Foundation, ULI has become a leader to foster healthy and sustainable urban places. These are neighborhoods where residents enjoy active lifestyles, access to healthy food, clean air and water, green space and natural systems, and a safe community supporting physical and mental health.
Does your community lack ingredients to support active, healthy lifestyles? In February 2018, the Colorado Health Foundation granted $35,000 to ULI Colorado, the 1,300-member District Council of ULI. ULI Colorado seeks to work with two Colorado communities to provide each with a one-day Building Healthy Places Workshop led by volunteer experts.
The study area may be:
- A vacant site appropriate for development
- An existing site, neighborhood, corridor, or district in need of retrofit and renewal
Interested communities may qualify if they can:
- Demonstrate community need and opportunities to address disparities and improve access to healthy and active living for underserved residents. ULI Colorado will consider community demographic data including proportion of low-income residents, racial/ethnic composition, geography (urban and rural will be considered), population trends, and disparities in access to active living opportunities.
- Identify a study area with a commitment to changing the built environment to improve public health. A study area can range in scale and scope from an apartment complex or academic/commercial campus, to a city block, neighborhood, or district.
- Demonstrate needs in the built environment such as: poor sidewalks and bike trails, shortage of parks and open space, pollution, poor lighting and crossings for public safety, and lack of access to healthy food.
- Demonstrate community readiness and commitment to create transformative change to become an active and healthy community.
- Engage stakeholders across multiple sectors.
Through this competitive application process, ULI Colorado’s Building Healthy Places Initiative and the Colorado Health Foundation will select two communities.
ULI will provide a fully-funded one-day workshop (worth $15,000) to address concerns presented in application, to improve community health. Workshop hosts are responsible for providing an appropriate space to hold the workshop.
Application deadline: Monday, April 23rd, 2018.
Selection of two communities: Tuesday, May 1st, 2018.
Workshops: July – August 2018. Communities will receive a brief written report in PDF format within 30 days of the panel.
More information? Email ULI Colorado at Colorado@uli.org.