Bo DeDeker


My name is Bo. I’m from Wisconsin. I attend the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point where I am a PhD candidate Educational Sustainability and where I also serve as a full time Accounting faculty member.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

My father was a lifelong environmental educator that taught me the value of living in harmony with the plants, animals, and human beings that we inhabit this earth with.  It is my concern that humanity has lost this vision of harmonious living and as a result has become selfish and is negatively impacting our earth. As part of my doctoral program I have centered my focus on trying to bring our communities back to a systems vision that centers our life energy back on living harmoniously with nature once again as our ancestors did so many years ago.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

My doctoral thesis is to design a theoretical reporting framework for smaller municipalities to report out on their triple bottom line. The framework will be developed to help create a transformational learning opportunity that will educate an effective sustainable management operation.  This summer I will be conducting research on the activities our communities have adopted to reduce their footprint on our world, thus giving me a better understanding of our current sustainability culture.

What are your plans for the next five years?

My career goals are to continue teaching with the University in a tenure track position. I am also interested in creating a non-profit organization that will be focused on improving the sustainable management of our local municipalities.   My vision is to help aid our communities in managing their resources in a sustainable fashion.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

Although I am in a doctoral program of sustainability my expertise is not in that area.  I have had some significant experience in fragmented sustainable efforts but never an understanding of the entire concept.  When I found this SISE program I was in awe of the past participants intelligence and passion for the discipline.  It was this passion that made we want to spend time with human beings that  have placed the safety of our planet over their own needs. 

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

 I am looking forward to creating new friendships with students and practitioners of sustainability that share the same longing to sustain our earth as I do.  Networking with likeminded individuals of different cultures is a powerful way to experience transformative learning that will change my life forever.  I am also looking to deepen my understanding of successful sustainable strategies that our communities can undertake in their quest to sustain our earth.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Although I have two dogs my favorite animal is the domestic cat.  They are intelligent, mysterious and have a mind of their own. If I did not have a child that was allergic, I would have my own Maine Coon!