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Scrogum, Joy Joann

Assistant Scientist, Sustainability

Address and Contact Information

1 E. Hazelwood Drive
M/C 676
Champaign, IL  61820


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. Recently, Joy served as part of the team responsible for the Forest Preserves of Cook County Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan. 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.


  • 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

  • International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP), valid through January 11, 2022
  • 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.)
  • LEED Green Associate, December 2016 – December 2022
  • International Society of Sustainability Professional (ISSP) Sustainability Professional Certificate Program, completed October (Precursor to the ISSP professional credentialing program.)
  • Introductory and Advanced Community-Based Social Marketing Workshops with Doug McKenzie-Mohr, Minneapolis- St. Paul, June
  • Introduction to Sustainability Coursera Course, University of Illinois, May  2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Member, Illinois Food Scrap Coalition. Chair, Social Networking/Web Site Committee
  • Member, Illinois Recycling Association

Leadership Positions

  • Board of Directors Member, Champaign County Environmental Stewards (CCES), April 2019 to present
  • Active participant in Illinois Wasted Food Solutions Task Force, and working group on school food reduction toolkit
  • Member, ISTC Web Advisory Committee, September 2018 to present
  • Co-founder (with Madeleine Wolske) of Thrift Story CU
  • Member, campus Sustainability Working Advisory Team on Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling, of IL, 2016- 2018
  • Guest editor, special issue of the journal Challenges: “Electronic Waste—Impact, Policy and Green Design
  • Mentor, Illinois Promise, August 2014-2017
  • Volunteer, IDEA Store, 2012
  • Volunteer reader, Illinois Radio Reader, 2009-2012
  • Board member, HomePlanet, Inc., a local environmental organization founded by Carol Morgan. Materials for the arts aspect eventually morphed into the IDEA Store.

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

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Eta Sigma
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems Scholar, 1999-Spring 2001, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jonathan Baldwin Turner Fellow, Fall 1997-Spring 1999, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Space Life Sciences Training Program, Summer 1995, NASA Kennedy Space Center
  • Howard Hughes Undergraduate Life Sciences Fellow, Fall 1993, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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