Events and Awards

2020 40 Under 40: Elizabeth Joyce, PE, LEED AP O+M, 34

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Seattle; MS Civil and Environmental Engineering: Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University

By Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus May 14, 2020

In her career and personal life, Joyce has worked with organizations and communities to combine energy resource management, energy poverty and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She believes that thoughtful programs and policies — when paired with technical expertise — can achieve real change in the built environment and create a more sustainable and just future for all. Joyce has a diverse skillset and experiences providing mechanical, energy and sustainability consulting services for commercial building clients, public entities and humanitarian agencies. Her services include innovative HVAC system design, energy policy and program development, audits and analysis of existing building systems and delivery of energy services in international development context. In addition to commercial building design, she has worked with cities, utilities and private clients to develop innovative policies, pilot new programs and build analysis tools to help policymakers and end-users save energy and other resources. In Arup’s Seattle office, she currently supports internal and local efforts to promote low-carbon, resilient and future-ready design practices. Joyce has been engaged with Engineers Without Borders-USA for more than a decade, first as a volunteer and then as staff during 2017-2019. In her staff role, she managed EWB-USA’s clean energy projects with humanitarian agency and nongovernmental organization clients, primarily in East Africa. In addition to her commitments with EWB-USA, Joyce participates in local networking and advocacy in numerous professional organizations on issues related to climate change, sustainability and the built environment. A lifelong musician, Joyce enjoys singing, playing the piano and banjo, social dancing, doing triathlons and enjoying the natural beauty of her Pacific Northwest home.


Chris Vavra and Amara Rozgus
Author Bio: Chris Vavra, Associate Editor, and Amara Rozgus, Editor-in-Chief