The Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing across the Life Course (CRESSH) began in 2018, and is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institute of Health through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The project aims to examine industrial contamination of waterways in Chelsea, particularly pollution from the numerous oil storage facilities throughout the city, through performative visualizations of the environmental data with the aim of highlighting the social, health, and environmental justice implications of the water pollution. The project team will work with the GreenRoots’ youth group (Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO) to come up with ways to visually represent the discharge from the oil storage facilities both over time and in aggregate via mediums such as long exposure photography. Through the public depictions of the water pollution impacting the city the project team hopes to engage Chelsea residents in investigating environmental justice issues and to support community conversations, led by GreenRoots, about alternative visions for Chelsea’s future.

Prof. Sara Wylie is the PI of CRESSH.