Inner City Charter Schools need help now more than ever reducing operating costs.

We’re helping reduce monthly electricity bills for schools by donating our LED technology, that saves 50% over traditional lighting.

charter school

Our team at Independence LED Lighting is providing a “Bright Idea” gift that will deliver a quarter million dollars of energy savings for inner city charter schools across the United States and save over three million pounds of CO2 emissions. Each retweet (RT) translates into saving $50 of electricity costs for schools and the equivalent of a tree to help foster environmental stewardship. Your click counts! @IndependenceLED

Here is why we chose Charter Schools for our donation program:

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The Power of Charter Schools

This 2:15 minute video is from the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference. This video description highlight is from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Public charter schools are the fastest growing form of public school choice in the United States. In 43 states and the District of Columbia, nearly 3 million students now attend public charter schools.


Here is why we chose Inner City Schools for our donation program:

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Education gap: The root of inequality

This six minute video will give you fresh perspective on education in America and on why Independence LED Lighting is committed making a change for the better across inner-city schools.

“Educational inequality is probably more than anything else the fundamental root of broader inequality.” Education may be the key to solving broader American inequality, but we have to solve educational inequality first. Harvard’s Ronald Ferguson, director of The Achievement Gap Initiative at Harvard University, says there is progress being made, there are encouraging examples to emulate, that an early start is critical, and that a lot of hard work lies ahead. But he also says, “There’s nothing more important we can do.”

Here is how you can guide our donations:

Charter School Recipients:

If you would like us to include your child’s charter school or recommend a school in your city to receive the lighting donation, we welcome your input. Please email us the name of the school and put “Charter School Program” in the subject line: If you are an administrator or faculty member of an inner city charter school, please let us know your interest via the same email.


CONNECT: Do you want us to donate to your Charter School?

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to increase the level of impact of this program, we welcome your support via the non-profit 501(c)(3) First Light Project ( that we helped launch in 2012.  Click to DONATE HERE and reference “Charter School Program”.  Thank you!

“I was so pleased to see that Mike Peabody was inducted in 2017 into the National Charter Schools Hall of Fame. I have known Mike and his family since I was in grade school with his two sons back in the 1970s. His dedication is inspiring to all of us!” – Charlie Szoradi, CEO of Independence LED Lighting

GREAT RESOURCE: The Alliance website:

There are almost 7,000 public charter schools in the United States. For context, according to the Digest of Education Statistics, across the United States there are 26,407 public secondary schools and 10,693 private secondary schools.

Background on the Bright Idea and details of our pledge:

Our CEO, Charlie Szoradi, saw that two of the top ten retweets for 2017 included donations for Houston hurricane relief. One program donated 6 lbs of dog food for every retweet up to $10,000. At about $0.50 per pound, this was a generous donation of about $3 per retweet. The second program donated $0.15 per retweet, and with over a million retweets the donation was about $15,000.

We’re going even bigger by donating $5 of energy-saving LED lights for every retweet (@IndependenceLED) up to $20,000. We’ll donate to 100 charter schools, and the target electricity savings over the long life of the LEDs will exceed $250,000 and also save 3,000,000 lbs of CO2 emissions.  This translates into over $50 in savings per retweet as well as the equivalent CO2 emissions offset of saving a tree for every retweet.

On $20,000 of donated LEDs, the average annual savings is $7,500. Schools often have the lights running at about 3,000 hours per year (12 hours per day over 5 days per week). Over the 100,000 hour life of our proven Made in America technology, the lights will last for 33.3 years. $7,500 in savings per year over 33.3 years adds up to $250,000, making this is a gift that literally keeps on giving. Each retweet that triggers the $5 of LED donations translates into at least $1.66 / year of energy savings. Over 33 years, each retweet helps generate over $54.78 of energy savings. We referenced $50 in savings in the tweet pledge to under promise and over deliver.

On the environmental front, each kilowatt hour (kWh) saved translates into an average of 1.34 lbs of CO2 emissions reduction. At the US average electricity cost of about $.12 / kWh, each $1 of savings translates to 11 lbs of CO2 emissions reduction (1.34lbs/$.12) for every $1 of electricity saved. Each retweet triggering our $5 LED donation yields $1.66 of annual energy savings and 18.26 lbs of annual CO2 emissions reduction. Over the 33 year life of the LEDs, the emissions reduction per retweet is 602.58 lbs. A tree can absorbs up to 48 lbs of CO2 per year, so this program is saving the equivalent of well over a singe tree per retweet!

While the retweet program is for the 2017 Holiday Season and ends 12/31/17, Independence LED is committed to providing its energy saving LED lights in 2018 to inner city charter schools.

2017 is the 10-year anniversary of Independence LED, and we’re pleased to help inner city charter schools save energy and support environmental stewardship. Plus, the schools can use the lights to teach our next generation leaders about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

 $0 upfront cost to Charter Schools:

Through our strategic funding partners, the Sustainable Energy Fund ( and Social Energy Partners ( we have up to $25,000,000 for schools to generate energy savings. This averages to $250,000 per school, for the first 100 schools that want to accept the donation and cash flow positive results for next generation energy savings. We will post the schools that receive the lights and provided feedback and updates over the course of this program.

Independence LED’s commitment to Energy Intelligence:

In 2010, we moved our manufacturing from China to Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In 2011, we won the Green Business of the Year award by the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.

In 2012, we set in motion the First Light Project, non-profit 501(c)(3) ( Our donations to date have supported facilities in need in the US as well as from Haiti to as far as the Gambia.

In 2013, we won the best lighting retrofit award by the US Green Building Council.

We consistently reduce electricity costs for lighting by over 50%, and our installations range from the US government to the private sector. We currently offer one of the largest Buy American Act (BAA) Compliant lines of LED lighting on the market, and this link includes sample case studies:

Added Bonus for STEM in Charter Schools:

 #1: Future Food

Given the opportunity for 21st careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Independence LED will include it’s next generation agriculture, grow lights in this program for interested schools. To learn more, see the pages starting on #55 in the report here:

#2: Speaking Engagements

Our CEO, was recently invited to speak at the December 1, 2017 event for the New Jersey School Building & Grounds Association, that has 400 Certified Educational Facilities Managers statewide. Henry Rodrique, NJ CEFM moderated the continuing education event for the association members, and wrote to Mr. Szoradi, “Your presentation was very informative, and I received many very positive comments from the students. By far the best presentation I have seen on LEDs. With that said I would like to invite you to make the same presentation at our Annual NJSBGA Conference/Expo.”

As part of this Inner-city Charter School program, Mr. Szoradi has offered to speak at schools and at school association events. For perspective on prior speaking engagements over the past decade see: To request a speaking engagement and coordinate scheduling, please email and include in the subject line: “Charter School Program Speaking Request”.

#3: Student Internships:

Over the 10-year history of Independence LED, we have had multiple interns each summer that have typically been paid internships for college and graduate students with academic focus ranging from engineering to environmental sciences. In 2011, we expanded the program to include mentoring high school students as interns, and participation requests have increased ever since. In the last few years we have been very pleased with the dedication and insights, particularly from students at Conestoga High School. Conestoga is near our headquarter and manufacturing facility outside of Philadelphia, and it is also consistently one of the top public high schools in the state. Since, this Inner-city Charter School program is for schools across the US, we are open to using the advantages of video-calls and other digital communications to mentor inters and provide projects that they can execute at their schools and homes accordingly. This approach has worked well, when we started it for an intern from Packer (PreK-12), the oldest independent school in Brooklyn, founded in 1845. We believe that practical experience in business is an excellent complement to education, so the offer to engage inters is part of this charter school initiative.

Prior work with schools, and references are available upon request:


Social Media Background:

Tweets that inspired this Inner City Charter School donation program:


With the current devastation in Houston, we are pledging $0.15 for every RT this gets! Please forward this along to help out those in need!

2:04 PM – Aug 30, 2017



Leo and I are donating 6 lbs of dog food to Houston for every retweet this gets!!!! RT RT RT RT!!

2:26 PM – Aug 31, 2017



Social media looks like it is here to stay, with all of its advantages and disadvantages. We have built Independence LED Lighting with rigorous attention to detail in engineering and American quality in manufacturing. Our growth has come more through traditional referrals than through social media, but we see this “Retweet” opportunity as a means to build awareness and increase the adoption of energy intelligent technology. Students are naturally the key to our future, and inner city charter schools need help now more than ever. Thank you for being part of this sustainability solution: Twitter: @IndependenceLED

Independence LED’s Tweet: Our Bright Idea Pledge is for Inner City Charter Schools. Each retweet saves $50 of electricity over the long life of the LED lights that we are donating and also saves the CO2 equivalent of a tree! Please retweet. More: RT!


Additional Information on Charter Schools:

charter school map of US

National Center for Education Statistics:

Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools that are open to all students. Often operated independently from the traditional school district, charter schools provide high-quality instruction from teachers who have the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their students’ needs. They are led by dynamic principals who have the flexibility to create a school culture that fosters student performance and parent satisfaction.

Charter School Resources:

Here is the range of state resources to help us identify the schools facing the toughest budgetary challenges with the most immediate needs for energy saving lights to reduce their operating expenses:

charter school associations across the US

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Charter School Development Center:

Center for School Change: