Advocacy 

Collaboration with the Urban Land Institute

The Center for Active Design continues to collaborate with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) on “Building Healthy Places,” a 2-year initiative to promote healthy development practices. The Center’s Executive Director, Joanna Frank will be speaking at ULI’s upcoming conference on Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value, which will take place in Los Angeles on February 20th & 21st. The event will convene multi-disciplinary leaders to discuss the economic value that can result from prioritizing health in development projects. Joanna’s panel is “Cities on the Move: Innovations in Active Transportation.” She and other visionary leaders will discuss how transportation investments can promote health and sustainability while leveraging real estate values. Click here for conference registration and additional information.

This event builds upon previous collaborations between the Center and ULI. In the spring of 2013, Partnerships Director Suzanne Nienaber participated in ULI’s Advisory Services Panel in Arvada, Colorado, an inner-ring suburb of Denver. This was the first of three ULI panels sponsored by the Colorado Health Foundation, with a specific emphasis on identifying connections between land use and community health.

During the summer of 2013, the Center participated in an interdisciplinary workshop to develop content for ULI’s publication “Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places.” Drawing from the lessons learned during the Colorado advisory panels, as well as the knowledge base of experts in design, health, planning, real estate, and economic development, the Ten Principles document outlines a concise and persuasive resource to help build healthier communities.

The Center looks forward to continued collaboration with ULI. We applaud their efforts to share practical solutions and promote the importance of prioritizing health among their global membership of nearly 30,000 professionals.

 
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