Building Healthy Places Initiative

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.

◾they offer healthy and affordable housing options, and a variety of transportation choices
◾they provide access to healthy foods, the natural environment, and other amenities that allow people to reach their full potential.
◾they are designed thoughtfully, with an eye to making the healthy choice the easy choice, and are built using health-promoting materials.
◾they address unique community issues with innovative and sustainable solutions.

Building Healthy Places Initiative




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, convening’s, 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.

Impact on the Local Level:

ULI Colorado’s Building Healthy Places Initiative is managed by our Building Healthy Places committee.  You may visit their committee page here to learn more about the committee structure and meeting times.

– Our local initiative is comprised of four primary pieces to create maximum impact:

1. Research and Publications: Please view the side bar to the right to download all recent information created by our local committee.  This information is available for public use to help demonstrate and inform on building healthier places in the state of Colorado. There is also national research, which you can view here.

2. Building Healthy Places Workshops specific to creating healthy places:
ULI Colorado’s Building Healthy Places Workshops provide technical assistance to the communities by engaging a group of volunteer experts to work with local community members and leaders in identifying opportunities to increase physical activity through the built environment. In a one-day exercise, these workshops will study the selected communities and provide observations, findings, recommendations, and practical first and next steps designed to improve the built environment with regard to community health and wellness.

We are currently accepting applications for our Building Healthy Places workshops.  For more information, click here.

3. ULI in Leadership Roles within our local community to promote this mission.  While ULI is not the only organization working to promote health, our members strive to be involved with others who are.  In this way we remain informed and connected. If you know of an opportunity surrounding this topic in which ULI should be involved, please contact the Building Healthy Places Committee Chairs.

4. Events to provide education on how building healthy places is profitable, economical, and important. ULI hosts a series of events each month.  To browse and register for upcoming events please visit our event page here.

For previous meeting reports, presentations, and other articles of interest, visit our Building Healthy Places Local Resource Center.


News from ULI Colorado

ULI Colorado and Colorado Health Foundation encourage development of healthy communities through two community workshops

In February 2018, the Colorado Health Foundation awarded ULI Colorado a $35,000 grant to continue this successful initiative and identify two new Colorado communities for participation in Building Healthy Places (BHP) Workshops. BHP Workshops provide technical assistance to communities by engaging ULI members as volunteer experts in the fields of real estate, architecture, planning, and public health, among others. In this one-day workshop, ULI volunteer panelists study and work with selected communities to provide concrete, achievable findings and recommendations to create opportunities for enhancing community health and wellness through the built environment.

Each workshop addresses the scope of work proposal by relying on background information, best practices, and creative problem-solving. Workshops are valued at $15,000, which includes program staffing and coordination, report writing and design, and the estimated value of donated professional consulting services from ULI panel members.

For more information, click here.