Estrella Santiago Pérez
Estrella Santiago Pérez
Estrella Santiago Pérez is the Environmental Affairs Manager of the Corporación del Proyecto ENLACE del Caño Martín Peña (ENLACE). ENLACE is a public corporation created under the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s Act No. 489 of September 24, 2004, and is tasked with the coordination and implementation of public policies regarding the rehabilitation of the Caño Martín Peña (CMP) tidal channel, a 3.5 mile long natural tide channel that is part of the San Juan Bay Estuary, the only tropical estuary within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s National Estuary Program, and the promotion of the urban, social and economic development of the adjacent communities.
The Caño Martín Peña ENLACE Project is an initiative that links the public, private and community sector to rehabilitate and revitalize the communities surrounding the Caño Martín Peña (CMP), in order to improve the quality of life, recover the natural resources and overcome poverty through the empowerment of the 26,000 residents of these communities. Its benefits go beyond these communities and have substantial improvements to the urban and natural environment of the metropolitan area of San Juan. The eight communities that are part of the Caño Martín Peña Special Planning District (District) are: Barrio Obrero Oeste, Barrio Obrero San Ciprián, Barrio Obrero Marina, Buena Vista Santurce, Parada 27, Las Monjas, Buena Vista Hato Rey and Israel – Bitumul.
As the Environmental Affairs Manager, Ms. Santiago Pérez ensures compliance with the governing policies and the implementation of improvements program on environmental issues included in the Comprehensive Development and Land Use Plan of the Caño Martín Peña Special Planning District. This includes carrying out public health initiatives and environmental awareness programs, along with the Group of the Eight Communities surrounding the Caño Martín Peña (G-8, Inc.) and the Caño Martín Peña Community Land Trust. Currently, the area is working with the G-8, Inc., and other collaborators in the implementation of a community campaign to eliminate mosquito breeding sites in the communities and prevent the propagation of vector-borne diseases such as Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya.
Ms. Santiago Perez holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, and a Juris Doctor from the School of Law of the University of Puerto Rico. In addition, she has participated as a speaker in the 2013 Power Shift Program Participant: Puerto Rico’s Frontline Communities, Pittsburg, PA, and as Sierra Student Coalition Delegate of Youth to the Conference of the Parties within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Warsaw, Poland.