How can public health and active transportation transform real estate?

That was the title of the session sponsored by Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance on June 2 in Worcester. Five panelists talked about how health is largely determined by zip code, and opportunities to enjoy healthy, active lifestyles – opportunities that are not equally shared. Gina Foote, Director of Fund Development for CLF Ventures at the Conservation Law Foundation, explained that HNEF was created to help address the problem. She told attendees how HNEF works to finance mixed-use, mixed income properties in communities undergoing the early stages of transformational change and how investments are likely to yield improved health outcomes over time, as well as other community and environmental benefits.