Arianna Zrzavy



Arianna Zrzavy is a Consultant with expertise researching environmental policy issues through an environmental justice and social equity lens. Arianna believes that social justice belongs at the center of her work, especially in a time of climate change and rapid environmental transformation. Her research on environmental justice screening tools in the United States, in partnership with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition (MEJC), was cited in the advancement of Michigan’s Mi EJSCREEN tool. Arianna also served as a researcher, as was part of the report writing team, in a partnership between the Kresge Foundation and the Michigan School Siting Task Force. Her work informed tools and best practices to facilitate healthy school siting decisions in Michigan. Arianna’s thesis research was published by the Environmental Law Reporter and was made the featured article by the Environmental Law Institute. Addressing Cumulative Impacts: Lessons from Environmental Justice Screening Tool Development and Resistance, discusses how disparate environmental burdens can be addressed using environmental Justice (EJ) screening tools. In her spare time, Arianna enjoys drawing, painting, and crafting at home.

Arianna is located in Madison, WI.

Related Resources

Environmental Justice Screening Tools

Listen to our most recent podcast as ILLUME Founder, Anne Dougherty talks with ILLUME Analyst, Arianna Zrzavy about Environmental Justice (EJ) and how EJ screening tools can be used to support communities and policy-makers in better serving historically disadvantaged or marginalized communities.
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ComEd Disadvantaged Communities (DACs) Study Report

In response to the goals outlined in Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), ComEd is developing initiatives for workforce development, electrification, resiliency, and the renewable energy transition – and seeks to do so in a way that equitably addresses and works to correct historic environmental injustice. ComEd enlisted ILLUME to perform a study to inform both its implementation strategy of CEJA’s goals. This report summarizes the analysis, findings, and recommendations from this study.
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Unlocking Just Transportation Electrification (Whitepaper)

In this whitepaper, we identify barriers to equitable transportation electrification (TE) and recommend TE strategies that can unlock electric vehicle (EV) access in Black and Brown Communities. We do this by drawing on an in-depth case study of the Black-owned electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) company, KIGT, and its efforts to serve communities in South Los Angeles. 
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A Square Peg and a Round Hole: Advancing Equity in the Energy Industry

Many states, agencies, and utilities are entrusted with translating equity policies and goals into actionable strategies in their policies and programs. In this case study, ILLUME shares valuable lessons from our work and provides a guide to taking preemptive steps that lay the groundwork for transformative change.
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Cold Climate Demonstration Installation & Water Heater Installer Focus Group Research

NEEA hired ILLUME Advising to pursue two concurrent studies around water heater installers. The first was intended to focus on observational research of cold climate HPWH installations in the Northwest to better understand the depth of previously established installation challenges. The second study was geared to better understand any challenges installers and plumbers in the region might face around recommending and installing HPWHs in existing single-family homes.
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Addressing Challenges in Heat Pump Water Heater Adoption

ILLUME conducted an ethnographic research study to explore the magnitude of installation challenges for heat pump water heaters (HPWHs) in cold-climate zones. ILLUME aimed to shed light on why adoption and installation barriers…