Dates: November 1, 2022
Meets: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Lower Merion High School
Course Fee: $49.00
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|Course Fee (Basic)||Course Fee||$ 49.00|
Lower Merion High School315 E Montgomery Avenue
Charlie Szoradiwww.TheAgrarianGroup.com Charlie Szoradi is the President of The Agrarian Group, LLC (TAG), where he provides multiple decades of hands-on experience and insight across sustainability and next-generation agriculture. Prior to joining TAG in 2021, Charlie served as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of three interconnected sibling companies that focus on safe and efficient buildings as well as next-generation technologies respectively for LED grow lights, HVAC energy optimization, and indoor air quality to ensure the health and safety of humans and plants. Independence LED Lighting (https://independenceled.com/) – American Made Lighting Energy Intelligence Center (https://energyintelligencecenter.com/) – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning efficiency Purge Virus (https://purgevirus.com/ now rebranded as IAQ Technologies https://iaqtech.com/) – Indoor Air Quality Over the course of his career, Charlie has filed multiple patents including a building system of tenon engaging edge connecting members for modular construction, a light engine device with direct to linear system drivers for building and indoor farm illumination, and an ultraviolet-c germicidal LED strip kit for HVAC systems to improve air quality for humans as well as plants to thrive in indoor operations. Charlie is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional), a Certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor, and the Leadership Council Chairman of the American LED Alliance. In 2007, Charlie founded and ran GREENandSAVE, a leading efficiency resource focusing on Return on Investment (ROI), that was one of the finalists of the Sustainability Awards. With GREENandSAVE, Charlie was one of the founding signers of the B-Corp Declaration of Interdependence. In 2009, Charlie was elected to the Board of the Sustainable Business Network and selected as a member of the Green Economy Task Force, with direct participation on the Capitol Hill Delegation. In 2011, Charlie won the Green Business of the Year Award by the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. He has been passionate about food desert relief, and in 2012, Charlie founded the First Light Project (www.FirstLightProject.org). The 501(c)(3) philanthropy focuses on building a network of neighborhood vertical farms and a workforce of 21st-century urban farmers. In 2013, Charlie’s Independence LED won the Best Lighting Retrofit by the U.S. Green Building Council for the Urban Green Award. Over the past six years, Charlie has developed Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) solutions for growers ranging from the producers of lettuce and basil to microgreens and hemp (Envista Farms, Molly Grubb Farms, Hydroponic Life). He has also been the lead developer of the CEA plans for the following: Philadelphia Zoo - The first zoo in the U.S. with onsite shipping container farming to feed the herbivore primates and other animals leafy greens with advanced sensors and IoT included in the final implementation. Conestoga High School - S.T.E.M. education through light-emitting diode (LED) grow lights. Pennsylvania Farm Show - Aquaponic showcase with combination fish and vegetable production. Penn State University - Custom wavelength modulating grow lights for the Agricultural Studies program. Taproot Kitchen - Development of indoor farming for this non-profit that incorporates fresh food and education for people with autism and intellectual disabilities. NASA - Development of a Perpetual Food Machine for Mars colonization with fish effluence, nitrifying bacteria, leafy greens and renewable direct current microgrid power, presented at Kennedy Space Center. Charlie holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and he earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania with his 1993 thesis on “Eco-Humanism”.
|11/01/2022||Tuesday||6:30 PM to 8 PM||Lower Merion High School|