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Scrogum, Joy Joann

Assistant Scientist, Sustainability

Address and Contact Information

1 E. Hazelwood Drive
M/C 676
Champaign, IL  61820
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Joy is an Assistant Scientist, Sustainability, with the Technical Assistance group at ISTC. She works primarily on zero waste initiatives, helping businesses, organizations, and individuals identify and implement strategies for waste reduction and efficiency. Joy served on teams responsible for the Forest Preserves of Cook County Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan, the Forest Preserves of Cook County Clean Energy Framework, and Exploring the Development of an Illinois Farm to Food Bank Program, a feasibility study report which is part of an ongoing project for Feeding Illinois. Examples of past projects include content and program support for the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (US EPA funded project) and Greening Schools (with IL EPA, focused on K-12 schools). She coordinated the Sustainable Electronics Initiative, and served as project director for the International Sustainable Electronics Competition (formerly the International E-Waste Design Competition, ended in 2013). She launched and coordinated the Illini Gadget Garage, a collaborative electronics repair center that empowers consumers and encourages the extension of product life through repair to curtail the generation of waste. She also developed the Green Lunchroom Challenge, which began as a voluntary pledge program focused on food waste prevention and reduction in K-12 schools, funded by US EPA Region 5, and continues as a topical blog offering food waste prevention and reduction tips for a variety of institutions. Joy developed and taught a class in Spring 2014 in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the Technology Entrepreneur Center on “Sustainable Technology: Environmental and Social Impacts of Innovations,” and has guided students in various waste-related projects, including the creation of a sculpture from plastic bottles pulled from the UI waste stream, which was displayed at Krannert Center for Performing Arts during Earth Week in 2016. In 2022, she was recognized by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) with the Most Valuable Pollution Prevention (MVP2) Fred Granek Memorial Pollution Prevention (P2) Ambassador Award.


  • B.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biology) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES; specializing in wildlife ecology) from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Certifications

  • Sustainability Excellence Professional (SEP; formerly International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certified Sustainability Professional, or ISSP-CSP), January 2018 – January 2026
  • LEED Green Associate, December 2016 – December 2024
  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), January 2017 – January 2019 (Prerequisite for the ISSP-CSP, which replaces the ISSP-SA credential, when obtained.)
  • International Society of Sustainability Professional (ISSP) Sustainability Professional Certificate Program, completed October 2015 (Precursor to the ISSP professional credentialing program.)
  • Introductory and Advanced Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops with Doug McKenzie-Mohr, Minneapolis- St. Paul, June 2015
  • Introduction to Sustainability Coursera Course, University of Illinois, May 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP)
  • Member, Illinois Food Scrap & Composting Coalition (IFSCC). Chair, Social Networking and Web Site Committee, 2015-August 2021, when that committee merged with the Communications Committee. Member, Communications Committee, August 2021 to present.
  • Member, Illinois Recycling Foundation
  • Member, National Pollution Prevention Roundtable

Leadership Positions

Courses Taught

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Illinois course, "Reuse as a Sustainability Strategy," Fall 2017. Included in the 2018 Ellen MacArthur Foundation publication, "A global snapshot of circular economy learning offerings in higher education."
  • Developed and taught ENG/TE 498, Sustainable Technology: Environmental and Social Impacts of Innovations (Spring 2014; Brian Lilly, professor of record). Introduced environmental and social impacts of electronic devices through each stage of the product life cycle.

Selected Publications

Honors and Awards

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