PSS honors E-Land’s environmental initiative

Posted on Nov 18 2019

From left to right: Public School System Distance Education program manager Lorraine Catienza, assistant general manager of Kensington Hotel Saipan Ginger Choi, E-Land Group CSR facilitator Lindsay Ahn, E-Land Saipan president Matthew Park, PSS Cooperative Education program coordinator Brandon Nicholas, and PSS Instructional Technology & Distance Learning director Dr. Bobby Cruz. (CONTRIBUTE PHOTO)

The Public School System surprised E-Land last Saturday at the opening ceremony for its Environmental Youth Alliance at Kensington Hotel Saipan’s Queens Club with an award that recognized its efforts in challenging students into thinking critically about how to be better stewards of the environment.

Dr. Bobby Cruz, director of the PSS Instructional Technology & Distance Education Program; Brandon Nicholas, coordinator of the, Cooperative Education program; and Lorraine Catienza, Distance Education program manager presented E-Land Group Saipan president Matthew Park with the award, who said that instilling the knowledge of keeping a sustainable environment has always been a goal of the E-Land Group.

Noting the challenges that the CNMI faced after Super Typhoon Yutu hit in October 2018, Park said that investing in challenging students to become better stewards of the environment is a company priority.

E-Land usually hosts the opening ceremony of the Environmental Youth Alliance, which is a student-driven educational program initiated by 11 school groups to promote sustainable environmental protection.

E-Land Group Corporate Social Responsibility manager Lindsay Ahn told Saipan Tribune that this get-together is held every school year and the opening ceremony gathers all the school clubs where they share ideas about sustainable environmental protection.

“It varies from the school to school. Some schools focus on beach cleanups, community cleanups, while others focus on schoolwide campaigns to promote recycling and reduce the use of [lastic products,” Ahn said.

E-Land funds each group with a $500 donation each month until the end of May to help fund these environmental initiatives.

Ahn noted that one of her favorite projects from previous years was from Saipan Southern High School. SSHS students created a Coral Watch Program, where they helped monitor corals for signs of bleaching and send the results to a research center in Australia.

Ahn was also recognized last Saturday for her leadership in putting this program together between CNMI schools and E-Land.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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