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Transforming the Built Environment in Emerging Markets

Green buildings represent the single largest opportunity to address climate change pressures and improve the quality of life in developing countries. Buildings generate about 15% of GHG emissions and consume about 40% of electricity globally, with future building growth occurring almost entirely in developing countries.


IFC and the World Green Building Council share the commitment to transform the built environment by connecting local GBC's implementation networks with IFC programs.  Combining the capabilities of the world's leading institution for private sector development with the world's largest international organization influencing the green building marketplace will open doors for market transformation.


World GBC will reveal findings from a major worldwide study on how green buildings can be delivered at a price comparable to conventional buildings, recouping investment through operational cost savings.  For the first time, IFC will unveil to the public EDGE ("Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies"), a low-cost, easy-to-use tool for mass market green building design and certification.


Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Time: 9am - 11am

Location: IFC Headquarters at 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC

Webcast: Information available below 



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9:00am Networking Breakfast       


9:30am Welcome and Overview of IFC’s Engagement in Green Buildings  

Marcene Broadwater, Global Head – Climate Strategy and Business Development, IFC Climate Business Department


9:40am The Business Case for Green Building - A Review of the Costs and Benefits for Developers, Investors and Occupants

Jane Henley, CEO – World Green Building Council


10:10am The Role of Green Buildings in Answering Climate Change Pressures
Roger Platt, Senior VP of Global Policy and Law - U.S. Green Building Council


10:20am Demo of IFC’s EDGE Application ("Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies")
Prashant Kapoor, Principal Industry Specialist for Green Buildings - IFC Climate Business Department


10:40am Q&A
Moderator: Marcene Broadwater





Jane Henley

World Green Building Council

Jane Henley leads the world’s largest organization influencing the green building marketplace. As Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Building Council, Jane’s role is to drive collaboration between more than 90 national green building councils, provide leadership and support, and advocate for green building as a mechanism to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits.

An experienced sustainable building, communities and cities advocate, Jane’s recent achievements include:

  • Advisor to New Zealand Ministry of Environment sustainability strategy
  • Delegation leader at COP 17, Durban and COP 16, Cancun
  • Member of the Supervisory Board Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Russia
  • Member Deloitte Think Tank, Paris
  • Global Advisory Committee Member of Women and the Green Economy (WAGE)
  • Facilitator of Global Leadership in Our Built Environment Alliance (GLOBE)
  • Founding board member and chief executive officer of the New Zealand GBC
  • Former director of the United Nations Sustainable Building Climate Change Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) board

Jane has addressed audiences at the COP 17 climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, the APEC – ASEAN workshop on green building in Singapore and the World Cities Summit of Mayors. Jane sets a positive and entrepreneurial agenda for business to drive change, and proactively create the future we want today.

Prashant Kapoor

Principal Industry Specialist 
IFC Climate Business Department 


Prashant has over 15 years experience in delivering sustainable solutions in the built environment across public and commercial sectors.


As an Industry Specialist based in Washington DC, he guides the IFC’s global green building investments in developing countries with a particular focus on financing low carbon developments, sustainable building materials, ESCOs and green mortgages. Under his leadership, IFC developed investments in hotels, hospitals, housing, & commercial buildings that are energy & water efficient and use sustainable materials, generating a deal flow of $0.5billion.


Prashant led an IFC team that brought Jakarta authorities and building industry leaders together to launch the city’s policy to cut power & water usage in buildings by 20% -- potentially eliminating 2.7m tones of CO2 each year. The green building code was mandated in May’12. He is currently working with governments such as, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Maldives and Colombia on green regulations and with India’s National Housing Bank on Green Affordable Housing.


To help the clients’ make a quick cost-benefit analysis and to set a standard by which IFC could qualify a building as “green”, Prashant developed an easy to use analytical tool called EDGE.


Prior to joining the IFC, Prashant worked as a Director at WSP consultants in London. He played a leading role in planning Masdar City, an innovative low carbon city of 40,000 in Abu Dhabi currently under construction; developing a strategic plan for Dubai including designing a new green building regulatory system and various pathfinder low carbon property programmes for corporate real estate, institution investors and developers.

Roger Platt

Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law
U.S. Green Building Council 


As Senior Vice President of Global Policy and Law, Roger Platt is responsible for overseeing the policy aspects of the increasingly global adoption of green building and urban development practices, including those recognized by the LEED green building program. Roger maintains non-partisan policy relationships with the World Green Building Council, the United Nations Environment Program, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the C40-Clinton Climate Initiative among others.


Roger is the voice of USGBC before federal and state agencies, on Capitol Hill, in state capitals, city halls and county commissions across the country. He is USGBC’s liaison responsible for advancing its views on the environmental and market benefits of green schools, green affordable housing, sustainable communities, and green buildings.


Before joining USGBC, Roger spent 15 years as senior vice president and counsel with the Real Estate Roundtable, and prior to that was a consultant to President William Jefferson Clinton's then newly formed Corporation for National and Community Service. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of San Francisco School of Law and is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he helped found and chaired the ULI Sustainable Development Council from 2001-2004, and the ULI Responsible Property Investment Council from 2010-2012. Roger currently serves on the Board of the World Green Building Council where he is chair of the Policy Committee.

Marcene D. Broadwater 

Global Head of Climate Strategy and Business Development 

IFC Climate Business Department


Marcene D. Broadwater is Global Head of Climate Strategy and Business Development of the IFC Climate Business Department.  Previously, she was Global Head of Climate Change and Sustainability for the Infrastructure and Natural Resources division of the IFC. In her capacity as Climate Global Head for the Infrastructure and Natural Resources Division, Ms. Broadwater was responsible for growing IFC’s climate business across the power, transport, water, telecom, oil, gas and mining sectors. Ms. Broadwater was heading initiatives to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency to infrastructure businesses in developing markets with an emphasis on expanding clean energy investments beyond traditional grid tied power generation. Ms. Broadwater has years of experience within IFC in the Oil, Gas, Mining and Chemicals Sector and also recently served as IFC’s Country Manager for Peru and Bolivia.


Before joining IFC, Ms. Broadwater was a Finance Manager with Amoco Corporation and was responsible for structured financial transactions for Amoco’s Power, Petrochemical and Oil and Gas divisions.


Ms. Broadwater holds a Masters in Business Administration from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University.


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