EMC Community Involvement

Energy Management Collaborative (EMC) has grown from a one-person startup in 2003 to a global company with a customer base that spans continents.

As we continue to think globally, we will forever act locally. At EMC we believe that a part of our being a successful company lies in our stewardship and willingness to give back to the community that supports us and that we’re a part of. EMC will never lose sight of this and we’re proud of our community involvement.

Here are some of the ways EMC volunteers our time and effort to be a part of the Twin Cities community:

St. Paul Winter Carnival—Ice Palace

In 2015, EMC couldn’t have been more proud to step in and become a part of the Ice Palace team for the St. Paul Winter Carnival. EMC, and most notably Senior Lighting Designer Keith DeFreese, volunteered his time and efforts to help coordinate the lighting component for the Ice Palace—a tradition that dates all the way back to 1886.

DeFreese and crew again did the lighting for the 2016 version of the Ice Palace, one that didn’t incorporate quite as much ice as 2015, but had more video, images and lighting components. DeFreese began planning for the event in early December, culminating with a busy week leading up to the carnival where EMC helps light ice walls, bars, sculptures and the throne, as well as lighting up the area for the ice carving competition.

EMC and DeFreese are thrilled to be a part of the Ice Palace and are looking forward to even bigger things over the next two years as they ramp up toward a huge spectacle as the Twin Cities host the Super Bowl during the 2018 Winter Carnival.

St. Paul Winter Carnival, Ice Palace

3M Championship

EMC has been an event sponsor of the PGA Champions Tour’s 3M Championship at TPC Twin Cities, in Blaine, MN since 2006. Once again in 2016, EMC will be the Title Sponsor of the Wednesday and Thursday ProAm and will be greeting tournament attendees at its skybox location on the 18th green all week.

Entering its 23rd year, the 3M Championship is Minnesota’s largest professional sports-related charity. Since 1993, the benefit has raised more than $22 million for the United Hospital Foundation, which supports Twin Cities Allina Hospitals including United, Abbott Northwestern, Mercy and Unity.

“We see the 3M Championship as an excellent way to give back to the community that is home to EMC’s headquarters,” said EMC President and CEO Jerry Johnson. “As EMC has grown, we’ve deepened our commitment and involvement with the tournament during the nine years we’ve been involved.”

3M Championship

Full Cycle Bike Shop

Full Cycle is a nonprofit bicycle shop in south Minneapolis that offers a six-month, paid internship program for homeless youth. Full Cycle hires, trains and supports homeless youth, teaching them bike repair and hands-on business skills including resume writing, interviewing skills, sales, customer service and overall professionalism.

Through 2014, the shop was paying high electrical costs and getting little illumination in the abandoned auto repair shop it has used since 2008.

A combination of corporate housekeeping and neighborly conversation led EMC to donate excess lighting inventory and coordinate a retrofit for Full Cycle. Alerted by a neighbor, who was involved in Full Cycle’s Foundation, of the shop’s inadequate lighting, EMC’s Director of Marketing and Incentives, John Loheit, immediately thought of extra inventory at EMC and coordinated an audit of the shop to assess its needs.

EMC then partnered with Boe Electric and ESI to donate their time, effort and inventory to overhaul the shop’s lighting.

“This was truly a win-win situation,” said Loheit. “What was taking up office space for us helped transform the work environment at Full Cycle.”

Full Cycle Bike Shop, group image with a cake