Bradley University’s Hayden-Clark Alumni Center is the first new building in the City of Peoria to achieve silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the Green Building Certification Institute. The project achieved certification through a variety of sustainable concepts, ranging from being more than 20 percent more energy efficient than similar buildings, to reducing water consumption by more than 30 percent. In addition, many regional and/or recycled materials were used in construction and the strategic use of abundant daylight throughout the space decreases energy usage. “LEED certification demonstrates our commitment to environmentally sustainable practices at Bradley,” said Joanne Glasser, president of Bradley University. “We are proud of the innovations we have introduced in the transformation of our campus and will continue to implement similar socially responsible measures in the future.” The Hayden-Clark Alumni Center was completed in October 2011 at a cost of $12 million. The 39,554-square-foot facility includes the 300-seat Peplow Pavilion ballroom, offices, conference rooms, the Turner library and the Shaheen Hall of Pride. It is one of five building projects completed as a result of the University’s $161 million Renaissance Campaign that concluded successfully in the fall of 2011. LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures how well a building or community performs across metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. It was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility and gives building owners and operators the tools they need to immediately impact a building’s performance and bottom line as well as provide healthy indoor spaces for occupants. Another Bradley campus building, Westlake Hall, recently underwent a complete renovation and expansion and has been designed and built to qualify for LEED gold standards with the use of high-efficiency lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, low-flow toilets, heat recovery unit, building automation controls, low emission finish materials and recycled building materials. That project was completed in the fall of 2012 at a cost of $24 million. Bradley is a private, independent university in Peoria, Illinois, offering 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students the choice of more than 100 academic programs. Bradley links academic excellence, experiential learning and leadership development with an entrepreneurial spirit for a world-class education. Students benefit from extensive resources not available at most private colleges and the personal attention not commonly found at large universities.