Greenbridge, Seattle, Washington (Derek Reeves)

ULI has created a work that can, and I hope will, change how every building and rebuilding, every subdivision and retrofit, will be carried out in America and perhaps beyond.

Dr. Richard J. Jackson, Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, UCLA

ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines evidence-supported opportunities for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments.

Developers, owners, property managers, designers, investors, and others involved in real estate decision making can use the report’s recommendations and strategies to create places that contribute to healthier people and communities, and to enhance and preserve value by meeting growing desires for health-promoting places.


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About the Toolkit

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


At the heart of the report lies a rigorous review of existing health literature. The recommendations all have strong supporting evidence. A list of practical implementation strategies and best practices, grouped according to their available evidence base, supports each of the 21 overarching recommendations.

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The Center for Active Design served as a contributing author and expert content advisor for the Toolkit.

This project was made possible through the generous financial support of the Colorado Health Foundation. Additional support for the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative has been provided by the estate of Melvin Simon.

About the 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. Learn more.

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