WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Jane Henley, former Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), has come on board as a senior advisor to provide strategic guidance on global market development efforts in Asian markets. Head of the WorldGBC for more than five years, Henley made significant strides in the ongoing international market transformation of the green building industry.

During her tenure as CEO, the WorldGBC expanded from 70 individual country green building councils to 100 with five focused regional hubs. Henley forged partnerships with other major international bodies such as the World Bank/IFC and led a network that included 700 green building council staff stationed around the globe. Prior to joining the WorldGBC, she served as CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council. She also served on the board of the United Nations Environment Program between 2010 and 2011.

Already very active in both China and India, USGBC’s operations in the Asian continent stand to grow exponentially in the coming years. There are 833 million square feet of LEED-certified space in India alone. Mainland China is the second-largest market for LEED in the world. The demand for high-performance buildings and expertise in the industry is on the rise.