The Urban Land Institute has drawn up its roadmap for healthy development, and Grow Community is a prominent waypoint.
is cited twice in the “Building Health Places Toolkit: Strategies for
Enhancing Health in the Built Environment,” an expansive new report on
sustainable planning and construction from the ULI. The report looks at
developments and communities that have been successful in promoting
physical activity, healthy food and clean drinking water, and general
Grow’s famous community gardens and “edible landscaping” are cited as a prime amenity in today’s urban and suburban planning.
in community gardening activities can increase consumption of fruits
and vegetables, and when community members come together around the
growing of food, the interaction promotes social bonds and connections,”
the editors write. “Local produce helps reduce pollution associated
with shipping food long distances.”
The ULI notes that gardening
has enjoyed a growing popularity across the country, a trend that is
expected to continue: “Small farms can take the place of golf courses as
community centerpieces, can cost less on an upfront and ongoing basis,
and can provide community members with fresh, locally grown food.”
is also touted for earning certification under the One Planet Living
program, whose ambitious 10-point goals promote reducing humans’ impact
on the earth. You can read all about Grow’s impressive One Planet
designation elsewhere on our website.
“Reading a report” might not
sound like the most scintillating springtime activity, but the ULI’s
new “Building Healthy Places Toolkit” will surprise you – we promise.
It’s a very colorful read, and highlights the most forward-thinking work
being done in planning and construction today.
View the report here
(page 48 online & 40 in print) and find out more about the
sustainable vision that earned Grow Community recognition among the very
best new neighborhoods anywhere.