Career Education Corporation (CEC), a publicly traded corporation with ninety campuses internationally just won the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Award from the U.S. Green Building Council(USBC.)  The award was granted for the company’s renovation of an eleven story data center in Illinois according to the council’s best practices for sustainable design.  The company brands its continuing education schools as American InterContinental University; Brooks Institute; Colorado Technical University; Harrington College of Design; INSEEC Group Schools; International University of Monaco; International Academy of Design & Technology; Istituto Marangoni; and Le Cordon Bleu North America.

The company is part of a growing trend toward green campuses.  The U.S. Department of Education announced earlier this year a Green Ribbon program to promote sustainable campuses, and Princeton Review recently teamed up with the USBC to report on green campuses.  The award to CEC is significant in that it represents a private for-profit educational company that focuses on adult career education, indicating that green concerns have financial implications.  “Transforming an older structure into a LEED certified building comes with many challenges, but it’s something we felt strongly about doing as an organization. Many of our employees have expressed how pleased they are to be working in a ‘green’ building,” said Steve Miller, Vice President of Real Estate for CEC. “It’s not only important to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship, but we project that these energy-conservation measures will result in meaningful long term savings for the organization.”

The company’s stock (NASDAQ: CECO) traded slightly higher on the news.