Joy has worked at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), part of the Prairie Research Institute on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since 2001. She currently works on zero waste efforts as well as sustainability planning, behavior change and stakeholder engagement as part of the ISTC Technical Assistance Program.
Joy has recently contributed to the development of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Plan, the Northwestern University Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan, the UIC Sustainable Materials Management Plan and the Food Waste Reduction Toolkit for Illinois Schools. 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); coordination of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative and the International Sustainable Electronics Competition; and development and coordination of the Illini Gadget Garage, a collaborative electronics repair center that empowered consumers and encouraged 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 is a member of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and the Wasted Food Action Alliance. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Champaign County Environmental Stewards, supporting efforts to provide area citizens with safe and convenient collection options for household hazardous waste and hard-to-recycle materials. Joy is a LEED Green Associate and an International Society of Sustainability Professionals Certified Sustainability Professional (ISSP-CSP).