Tulips, Tulips, Tulips!!!
If you haven’t started to think spring, then you better start now! We are in full-fledged planning mode for the Festival. We are getting lots of great phone calls, we have our 2013 merchandise readily available and the tulips are still nestled away — just as they should be.
It is such a great feeling to be a part of, not only the Tulip Time Festival, but a “green” festival and a healthy festival. There are great events that are health conscious and promote healthy living styles. The environment and one’s own health are very important and a Festival that can incorporate both is even better!
I am working towards the end of my semester which is a great feeling. I’ve started another new project for my senior capstone class- it’s called, “Greening Tulip Time”. The green initiative has taken most everyone by storm in the past few years. Tulip Time already does a lot of recycling and continues to think of ways where waste can be reduced and where more energy can be saved. This is a crucial aspect for all non-profits; Tulip Time is ahead of the game and my project will progress them even further in the greening initiative. Currently, Tulip Time recycles all paper, cardboard and even past brochures! This makes a huge difference throughout the entire year.
The week of the Festival, Chef Container provides all of the garbage cans and actually sorts through each one of them to make sure they recycle as many items as possible! We certainly appreciate what Chef Container does for us and I’m sure the environment does, too.
Tulip Time has already had a carbon assessment completed. This assessment allows the Festival to see where they are in terms of being green. It also allows us to see where improvements can be made and that is where my “Greening Tulip Time” project will come into play! A zero-waste Festival proposal will be included in my project in the hopes that Tulip Time can head in that direction. I know this doesn’t even sound possible, but it certainly is and some major events have started doing this already.
Not only are we a green festival and soon to be greener, but health conscious, as well!
This year for the Tulip Time Run, Edify North is again hosting the Corporate Leadership Challenge. This challenge is directed towards business owners, leaders, CEOs, Partners, Executives, Presidents and Vice Presidents. Many of our workplaces have started to incorporate health and wellness programs. This is your chance to compete with other leaders for your businesses’s name! This is such a fun challenge and many perks come along with it. The winning CLC participant will have their name engraved on the perpetual trophy, will get a tech t-shirt, and will have access to the VIP tent prior to the run (which will have a complimentary gift basket for the runners, an “energy buffet,” and will also have a gear check station to stash their belongings). The CLC participant will be supporting a healthy lifestyle for themselves, but also for the “Total Trek Quest” youth runner that their CLC entry fee also covers. Last but not least, their CLC effort will be recorded for eternity in a group photo to be published in the Holland Sentinel!
It’s a friendly competition, but it’s your opportunity to show what a great leader you are while incorporating healthy living! For more information, visit tuliptime.com/run!