Building Healthy Places in Detroit: 2018 Spring Meeting Events

These are some can’t-miss programs relating to health at ULI’s upcoming 2018 Spring Meeting in Detroit, Michigan from May 1st-3rd.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Building Healthy Places Interest Forum
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Michigan Outdoor Adventure Center; Limited Capacity
The forum will share information about Detroit-based projects at the intersection of health and the built environment and how lessons from these projects can be applied elsewhere. Highlights from the forum agenda include a presentation by representatives from the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Reimagining the Civic Commons and a guided tour of the Dequindre Cut Greenway. If you would like to attend, please email

Open Space Innovation
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Tour; Separate Ticket Required
Tour highlights include an exploration of urban agriculture initiatives, a review of innovative reuse strategies to create recreational opportunities, and a closer look at how the redevelopment of vacant public land can effectively work to stabilize existing neighborhoods with landscape interventions and infill single-family home development.

Center for Sustainability Happy Hour
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Limited Capacity
Gather for drinks and appetizers with members and partners committed to enhancing sustainability, health, and resilience in their work and their communities. This happy hour is invitation only. If you would like to attend, please email

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Healthy Housing for All Workshop
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Cobo Center, Room 312AB
Around the country, developers of affordable housing are among the primary innovators when it comes to understanding the health needs of residents and offering design and programming solutions to address them, but demand for healthy public and affordable housing units far outweighs supply.

Parks and Open Space Brunch
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cobo Center, Room 411ABC
Parks are essential to the physical, social, environmental, and economic health of people and communities. That’s why ULI is helping lead the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which is working to ensure that all people in urban America have easy access to a high quality park. Mark Wallace, President and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, will be keynoting this event.

Building Triple-Duty Public Spaces: How Trails and Parks Are Promoting Resilience, the Arts, and Economic Development
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
Cobo Center, Room 142
Trails and parks are being asked to go the extra mile. They are being expected not only to provide traditional opportunities for recreation and access to nature, but also to lift up local arts and culture with murals, sculpture, and other art features; enhance community resilience through green infrastructure and stormwater management strategies; and support economic development and revitalization.

The Value of Zero: The Business Case for Net-Zero-Energy Homes, Offices, and Industrial Buildings
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Cobo Center, Room 250
As building codes become more stringent and energy efficiency and renewable technologies become more cost-effective, leading developers are beginning to aim for “net zero energy” in new construction and major renovation projects. For many of these projects, developers are finding that “zero” is generating a strong return on their investments.

ULI Health Leaders Network Information Session
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Cobo Center, 310B
The ULI Health Leaders Network program is empowering real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and connections to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Housing Solutions for Wealth Creation
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Room: 140 E-G
Most of the wealth in low-income and minority households is derived from housing wealth. Affordable home ownership opportunities could be a critical component of place-based community development initiatives that lead to wealth creation in revitalizing cities such as Detroit.

Spurring Neighborhood Growth & Revitalization: Intentionally Building for an Inclusive Future
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Cobo Center, Room 142
This panel will explore the practices that are being used to address inclusive and equitable growth, empowering CDCs, block associations, and residents to build capacity for the vision of their future neighborhood.


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