Hafa Adai, Sustainability!

Earlier this year our project team arrived back from Saipan, CNMI with new information to begin drafting a manual of best management practices for hotel design, construction, and operations to improve resiliency at a popular destination in the Northern Mariana Islands. Our staff completed a week-long series of interviews with hotel staff, meetings with local decision makers, and presentations to help engage and inform people about plans for this project.

Some project background – CNMI’s Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality is conducting three sustainability projects to increase resilience. Saipan, which is CNMI’s most populous island, provides accommodations for tourists with approximately 3,200 guest rooms at an 88% occupancy rate. Hotel development will add approximately 5,200 additional rooms in the next few years! The time for sustainable solutions is now. We are providing technical guidance along with Brian Rippy, LEED Building Design Expert, Wes Crile Islands Hotel Sustainability expert, and Manny Borja, our boots-on-the-ground engineer in Saipan. In the next few months, the project team will examine everything from energy efficiency to rainwater capture potential to closed loop food systems, and more efficient solid waste disposal streams. More news to come.



CLIENT: Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality Saipan, CNMI

PROBLEM: A booming development industry in CNMI, comprised of largely hotels, where sustainable development principles have not always been implemented. 

SOLUTION: Develop a manual of sustainability best management practices in energy, water, solid waste, sustainable purchasing, and socio-cultural impact categories.

BENEFITS: Long term sustainability of natural and built environment in CNMI.






Kathleen McAllister

Senior Environmental Planner