Building Healthy Places: Prospect North Innovation District
Through a ULI Urban Innovation Grant, ULI MN documented its work promoting the creation of a healthy community in the Prospect North Innovation District. ULI MN seeks to share what it has learned across ULI in order to replicate this approach on a national scale.
This guide/toolkit is intended for use as a resource and offers one way to think about and execute on building a healthy community. The intent is to explain ULI MN’s approach, its outcomes, and its accumulated knowledge so they can serve as a framework on which others can build. See full guide here.
GreenStep Demonstration Project
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) selected ULI MN/RCM to implement the GreenStep Cities Demonstration Project—an action-oriented voluntary program offering a cost-effective pathway to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by best practices in land use, transportation, building/facility design, environmental management, and community and economic development.
In October 2009, MPCA and ULI MN selected Bloomington, Edina, Falcon Heights, St. Louis Park and Victoria as the project’s first participating communities.
Read more about the GreenStep Demonstration project here.
Visit Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s GreenStep Cities Project for further information.
Regional Indicators Initiative
The Regional Indicators Initiative measures annual performance metrics for approximately 20 Minnesota cities committed to increasing their overall efficiency and level of sustainability. The project collects the following data generated through the activities of the people who live, work, learn, travel, visit, and recreate within each city’s geographical boundaries:
- • Energy (in BTUs): electricity, natural gas, and district energy consumed
- • Water (in gallons): potable water consumed
- • Travel (in Vehicle Miles Traveled): on-road distance traveled
- • Waste (in pounds): municipal solid waste managed via recycling, composting, combustion, and landfilling
Is your city interested in participating? Contact Rick Carter (612.385.5182) to learn more about the Initiative and join.
Resources and Information
2014 ULI Fall Meeting Presentations
Sustainable Development Council Presentations:
HRC Committee Members
Sustainability isn’t a politically correct buzz word, or obligatory window dressing for every corporate brochure, or community website. On the contrary, it is the lens through which every decision about our built environment must be viewed. At ULI Minnesota we are committed to shaping and polishing that lens and openly sharing all the best ideas and innovations we see together. This is a fascinating time to be involved.
John Shardlow, Stantec