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The National Building Museum has selected ULI as the recipient of its 2012 Honor Award. The award recognizes ULI’s 75 years of leadership in urban planning, land use, and development. It also celebrates the institute’s dedication to building more sustainable communities that conserve land and energy worldwide. The museum will present the award to ULI on March 15, 2012, at the museum’s annual Honor Award gala.

“The museum’s Honor Award recognizes leaders who have defined our culture, developed our communities, and crafted our built environment,” says Chase W. Rynd, president and executive director of the National Building Museum. “We salute the Urban Land Institute for its longstanding commitment to multidisciplinary, nonpartisan research that impacts the built environment. With this award, we applaud ULI as a leading voice for smart growth and for strategies that go beyond bricks and mortar to enhance the quality of life in the world’s urban communities.”

“This prestigious award is an incredible honor for the institute,” says ULI CEO Patrick Phillips. “ULI’s selection as the 2012 recipient of the Honor Award is a wonderful validation of the unwavering, worldwide commitment by our members, sponsors, and staff to excellence in community building.”

ULI was established in 1936 when cities across the United States were struggling to recover from the Great Depression. ULI began researching, analyzing, and encouraging responsible patterns for long-term urban growth. The founders’ objectives continue to guide ULI.

As part of ULI’s 75th anniversary commitment to urban innovation, it has provided the largest amount in the ULI Foundation’s history to support local projects that will recognize or launch innovative approaches to local land use challenges.

“ULI and the National Building Museum share a keen interest in anticipating how changing economic, demographic, and environmental factors will impact cities,” says Joseph P. Riley, Jr., mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. “The museum’s selection of ULI recognizes the resources and practical advice ULI delivers to help revitalize urban areas so that they can meet the needs of future generations.”