April 2015 Purpose 20

Purpose 20: Alta Systems INC.

Written By: Erica Brown

The Center for Leadership and Service at the University of Florida created the Purpose 20 Awards to honor the contributions made to Alachua County by local for-profit businesses. These 20 businesses provide invaluable cash and in-kind donations while supporting the community with efforts in environmental sustainability, serving as role models for change within the community and encouraging staff members to give their time to local causes. All of this work often goes unrecognized. The Center for Leadership and Service hopes that by recognizing these businesses, we inspire others through their example and demonstrate that business is about more than making a profit — it is also about having a purpose to build a better community.

For the last 32 years, Alta Systems Inc. has offered financial and direct support to its community through serving on Boards of Directors and volunteering for Alachua County Public Schools, University of Florida departments and centers, Peaceful Paths, Citizen’s Co-op, Florida Springs Institute, Alachua Conservation Trust, Conservation Trust, The Hippodrome and many other charitable organizations. It strives to be the kind of company that makes the community a better place by supporting education, social justice, environmental protection and the arts communities. The owners and employees are strong believers that philanthropy acknowledges connectedness and sustainability acknowledges responsibility to those who come after us. Alta Systems Inc. believes that in order to be the change we wish to see in the world, we need to exercise our efforts to impact the triple bottom line: people, planet and profit. The company continues to do so by reducing its waste, increasing energy usage from renewable sources and decreasing its usage of energy from oil and gas.

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