MARQUETTE – Citizens for a Safe & Clean Lake Superior, a Marquette County nonprofit, welcomes a new staff member, Caitlin Sternberg, as Director of Outreach and Communications. Sternberg, a 2021 Magna Cum Laude graduate from NMU with a degree in environmental science, “has the experience, talent, youthful energy and vision to help us raise awareness and unite our community to defeat the planned heavy industrial rocket launch site near the shore of Lake Superior at Granot Loma,” said CSCLS President Dennis Ferraro.
Previously, she worked as a Great Lakes Climate Corp Team Leader with the Superior Watershed Partnership, partnering with various groups like the National Forest Service or the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on environmental projects, and she also worked as a land steward with the Rocky Mt. Conservancy in Colorado. These are examples of his organizational and leadership skills, according to Ferraro.
After growing up in a Chicago neighborhood where jets from O’Hare Airport exploded overhead, Sternberg says “Living near Lake Superior reframed my worldview and values”and that in addition to the strong connection she feels with the lake and the surrounding habitat, she is “also impressed with the connection Marquette County residents have with each other and with the environment,” she said in an announcement.
Commenting on the rocket launch plan, Sternberg said she considered this type of “the unnecessary industrialization of our lake shore as an environmental and community threat” which must be guarded against “even after the failure of the rocket launch plan.”
In addition to involving people at community events, developing bonds with community members, and involving volunteers to help with the mission of CSCLS, she also hopes to expand the participation of students from universities and schools. local secondary schools, which she considers “very eco-friendly” she says.
Ferraro noted that “you will also see lots of Cait not only here in Marquette but also at events with locals from Powell Township who have been such great stewards of the environment preserving the beautiful natural landscape we all enjoy.”