Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The renovation of the old Shopko building began in August 2012. Employees of MVAC were able to move in May of 2013. The new layout allows for privacy between the MVAC employees and clients, as previously the public had access to all areas.

MVAC Energy Savings & Green Practices


Solar panels were incorporated into the building’s design in three areas – the south-facing roof above the thrift store entry (middle), as awnings on the west side (left), and on the rooftop (right).

Solar Shading devices – used solar panels

Occupancy sensors – turns off lights automatically when no movement is detected
High efficiency LED light fixtures
Exterior lighting is on time clocks
Low flow plumbing fixtures
High efficiency HVAC unit installed for Conference Rooms
Additional building insulation was added to reduce energy costs
Additional shading trees for parking to reduce heat island effect
Replaced all existing windows with energy efficient Low-E glazing
Added new exterior window openings to maximize daylighting
Full glass walls on perimeter offices to maximize daylighting (borrowed light)
Recycled materials include:

  • Carpet made with recycled content (Thrift Store is 100% recycled carpeting)
  • Salvaged and re-installed existing metal doors, frames windows, & sidelights
  • Recycled glass countertops
  • Re-used MVAC & AGAIN signage from existing building
  • Re-used modular furniture, office equipment, file cabinets, etc.

Minnesota Valley Action Council (MVAC) is a community action agency. We are for communities, not for profit. We are a private organization that has served south central Minnesota since 1965.

MVAC Headstart CountiesMVAC provides services in Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca, and Watonwan counties.

MVAC is a 501c3, and charity contributions to MVAC are deductible from your federal and state income tax. Your entire contribution stays in south central Minnesota. To donate, contact us here.

We believe that hard work should be valued and rewarded, that working people are struggling and that MVAC provides solutions.

We develop resources and opportunities that empower

people in low-wage work to secure affordable housing,

viable transportation, employment,

training for employment and

educational opportunities for children.

See how MVAC helps people regain hope and self-sufficiency