Webinar: The Case for Open Space — Why the Real Estate Industry Should Invest in Parks and Open Spaces

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November 15, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Online DC United States
ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative
(202) 624-7000


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This webinar is open to ULI members and nonmembers for free. You must register to receive a recording of the webinar. 


Parks and open spaces are essential for the creation of vibrant communities and successful projects. But how do you identify opportunities to incorporate them into various real estate projects? What are the health and investment benefits? Who should build and maintain them? Where are the proven case studies and lessons learned from doing so?

This webinar will explore answers to these questions with a panel of ULI member experts who contributed to the new ULI report on which this webinar is based, The Case for Open Space. Developed through a collaboration between the ULI Sustainable Development Council and the ULI Building Healthy Places InitiativeThe Case for Open Space makes the business case for more private sector investment in community-accessible parks and open spaces.

This webinar will outline four compelling cases for the real estate industry to support the development, maintenance, and operations of open spaces within residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects. Featured projects will demonstrate how developers successfully managed to secure a range of return on investment benefits.


Rachel MacCleery (moderator)
Senior Vice President, Building Healthy Places Initiative, Urban Land Institute

Rachel MacCleery is senior vice president at the Urban Land Institute, where she leads the organization’s Building Healthy Places Initiative and other programs. Under Building Healthy Places, Ms. MacCleery is spearheading ULI’s efforts to leverage the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities. The Initiative is working to advance understanding of and action on connections between the built environment and health. Rachel has extensive knowledge of land use, environment and sustainability, social equity, and infrastructure policy and practice issues. Rachel has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She speaks Mandarin Chinese and lives in Washington, D.C.


Elizabeth Shreeve
Principal, SWA Group
Chair, ULI Sustainable Development Council

Elizabeth Shreeve is Principal of SWA, an internationally recognized landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm. Since joining SWA’s Sausalito office in 1984, she has focused her practice on urban infill and revitalization, community and campus master planning, public outreach and communications. Elizabeth is currently involved with mixed use communities, hi-tech and academic campuses, and urban open space projects in the U.S. and overseas, working closely with multi-disciplinary teams and public and private clients to translate physical, economic, and cultural factors into enduring designs and policy strategies. She serves as assistant chair of the ULI Sustainable Development Council and chair of the San Francisco District Council’s Building Healthy Places committee. Elizabeth is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, ASLA, SPUR, and SCUP. She earned a master of landscape architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of arts cum laude in geology from Harvard College.


Chris Dunn
Principal, Dunn + Kiley
Founder, Cordis Certified Healthy
Member, ULI Sustainable Development Council

Chris Dunn is President of Certified Healthy. Certified Healthy takes a holistic view of the factors impacting human health and assigns relative value to their importance. It gives property owners, tenants, land use planners and regulators a practical way to guide decision making and allocate resources. The non-profit Certified Healthy was developed to assemble a definitive collection of healthy criteria for communities and buildings. Certified Healthy quantifies the qualitative components of creating a healthy place, providing designs and built projects with a score and recommendations on methods to improve the healthy aspects of a project


Travis Younkin
Executive Director, Upper Kirby Management District

Travis Younkin is the President of the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, President of the Upper Kirby District Foundation (UKDF) and Executive Director of Harris County Improvement District No. 3 (HCID 3). As President of the UKRA, Mr. Younkin is responsible for the oversight, management and implementation of the Authority’s approximate $235 Million Capital Improvement Plan. As Executive Director of HCID 3, Mr. Younkin is responsible for the administration of the District operations, management of public rights-of-way within the District boundaries and implementation of HCID 3’s Capital Improvement Plan that includes pedestrian improvements, overhead utility relocation and beautification efforts. As President of the Upper Kirby District Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation, Mr. Younkin is responsible for the administration and oversight of the UKDF organization and execution of its charitable mission. The UKDF activities include the planning and implementation of major public art initiatives and the programming, maintenance and ongoing management of Levy Park.