Joy Scrogum

Sustainability SpecialistJoy Scrogum

One East Hazelwood Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Joy is a Sustainability Specialist 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.

Joy is a LEED Green Associate and an International Society for Sustainability Professionals Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP). You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter.


  • 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

Certifications and Training

  • LEED Green Associate
  • International Society of Sustainability Professional (ISSP) Sustainability Professional Certificate Program, completed October 2015.
  • 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.

Research Interests

  • Zero waste in general and food waste prevention and reduction in particular
  • Reuse and repair as sustainability strategies
  • Sustainability curricula and systems thinking
  • Human dimensions of environmental systems
  • Pollution prevention and conservation behavior outreach for the public, organizations, and academic institutions

Selected Projects

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Member, Reuse Alliance
  • Member, Illinois Food Scrap Coalition. Chair, Social Networking/Web Site Committee
  • Member, UI Purchasing, Waste, and Recycling Sustainability Working Advisory Team (PWR SWATeam)

Awards and Highlights

  • 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

Additional Selected Works


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