Charlie Szoradi

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Charlie Szoradi is a sustainability professional with 30 years of experience and over 10 years of public speaking across a diverse range of engagements. He is the author of LEARN from LOOKING How Observation Inspires Innovation. Over the course of his career Mr. Szoradi has founded GREENandSAVE, Independence LED Lighting the Energy Intelligence Center, and Purge Virus now part of Clean Solution Technologies. Mr. Szoradi focuses on high-performance architecture, sustainable living, and next-generation agriculture. Since 2021, Charlie has been serving as the President of The Agrarian Group. In the early 1990s, he wrote his Masters of Architecture thesis on Energy Intelligence – “Eco-Humanism.” Mr. Szoradi is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and he earned his Masters from the University of Pennsylvania.


Mr. Szoradi brings three decades of hands-on experience to sustainability and cost-savings for retrofits, new construction, and controlled environment agriculture. He has developed strategic relationships to provide 360° services and clean-technology solutions to commercial properties in the US and around the world. The 21-point schematic is one of his infographics reflecting the breadth of solutions for next-generation real estate.


1993 and 1994 were benchmark years that “seeded” the growth of Independence LED Lighting. In 1993, Mr. Szoradi completed his Masters Thesis and secured his first US Patent #5,215,490 on the modular building block set of tenon engaging edge connecting members. The thesis set the stage for the groundbreaking new approach to energy efficient and environmentally sustainable architecture. The invention set the stage for a new modular approach to lighting, given the patent’s focus on modular construction sets, which also led to applications in high performance concrete and structural insulated panels.


Mr. Szoradi is a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional), a Certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Energy Auditor, and he has taken a leadership role in sustainability at the regional and national level. He is a prior member of the Energy and Sustainability Committee for the Society of American Military Engineers ( and the Leadership Council Chairman of the American LED Alliance ( In 2009, Mr. Szoradi 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. The next year, he moved the company’s LED manufacturing from China to southeastern Pennsylvania. The advanced technology is Buy American Act (BAA) Compliant, manufactured in the U.S.A with over 50% domestic components. Mr. Szoradi led the team, wrote the primary claims, and developed the key figures for the July 21st, 2011 Patent Filing for LIGHT ENGINE DEVICE WITH DIRECT TO LINEAR SYSTEM DRIVER. The Patent file has multiple different claims and figures.


Speech topics with descriptions

  • Cost-Effective Sustainability – Insights from Overseas, Energy Saving LED Lighting, Air Conditioning Optimization, Hydrothermal Carbonization, U.S. Cleantech Job Creation
  • Sustainable Triple Bottom Line – Impacting People + Planet + Profit
  • The Business Case for LED Lighting – Next-Generation Technology
  • Future Food – The Path to a Healthy and Sustainable Future
  • Future Home – Cost Effective Solutions and Green Job Creation
  • Travel with Open Eyes – Insights from Japan and Eastern Europe to Islands and countries around the world. 

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