This week, ULI officially released the Building Healthy Places Toolkit report. You can read more about the report, and download it and other collateral at www.uli.org/toolkit.
The report shows that the built environment (including buildings, streets, and neighborhoods) has a profound impact on health outcomes. Professionals who influence the built environment can play a significant role in creating healthier communities. Recognizing the value of creating healthier communities, the Urban Land Institute developed the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment report. This resource outlines 21 practical, evidence-based recommendations that the development community can use to promote health at the building or project scale. Toolkit recommendations are organized according to three main categories: physical activity, healthy food and drinking water, and healthy environments and social well-being.
Recommendations are accompanied by evidence-based strategies, suggested best practices, project photos, case studies, quotes by developers and others putting these ideas into practice, and project schematic diagrams that illustrate actionable implementation opportunities at a variety of project typologies and scales. The report also includes a summary of certification systems that include elements that relate to human health.