Rhianna Williams

Documentarian / Ethnographer

California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA

La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Rhianna is interested in cooperative work between governments and communities to manage natural resources. At CCSC, she is documenting the processes used to develop an advanced energy community infrastructure within the City of Claremont, CA and ultimately produce a set of tools that can used to translate and replicate the model in other cities. Rhianna has an MS in Environmental and Energy Policy from the Social Science Department of Michigan Technological University as well as experience working with communities on environmental and economic projects in Colorado and Michigan.


An EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities

In 2016, the California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded an Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) grant to UCLA to accelerate the deployment of Advanced Energy Communities (AECs). In partnership with the County of Los Angeles, the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), The Energy Coalition, Day One and LACI, the UCLA team has developed an innovative...