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.


The EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities

This project combines academic research with on-the-ground expertise in an approach that is uniquely positioned to overcome the challenges associated with deploying Advanced Energy Communities (AECs) around existing buildings in disadvantaged communities, and which will generate practical, implementable knowledge. This partnership effort involves unprecedented data analysis and comprehensive community engagement, assesses local obstacles to state...