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Connection is vital to sustainability: connection to the Earth, connection within ourselves, and connection with each other… and we cannot leave a single neighborhood behind.

Haley Dahl, 2021

Why Rockford? Heading link

  • Like many other post-industrial cities, Rockford has been working to overcome its urban challenges for decades.
  • Rockford is currently working towards a more sustainable future by addressing its social, environmental, and economic issues.
  • My goal with this podcast is to facilitate conversations on these important issues among residents and regional stakeholders, encourage community members to consider sustainability within their day-to-day lives, and urge local leaders to do the same on an inclusive, city-wide scale.

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Haley Dahl

Originally from the Rockford region, I am a civil, materials, and environmental engineering major with a minor in sustainable cities at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), while being an Honors College student and competing on the UIC women’s track & field team. Additionally, over the summer of 2020, I had the opportunity to intern with UIC’s chemical engineering department through the Guaranteed Paid Internship Program. Currently, I am a water resources engineering intern at Stantec Inc., working as part of their Chicago water group. Regarding my professional goals, I am interested in becoming either an environmental or water resources engineer, where I can be directly involved in the design and implementation of inclusive, green and resilient/sustainable infrastructure to help solve the plethora of environmental and social issues society faces today. With that practical experience, I am interested in taking my knowledge to the political sphere, where I aim to be an informed leader and directly influence environmental legislation to make a positive difference for everybody within this country and across the globe.

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