LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bob Soffel, a US Navy Service-disabled Veteran, today announced the July 4 launch of his new company, Critical Environmental Solutions (CES), a consulting and project management firm in Crestwood, Ky. dedicated to helping businesses, governments and homeowners tackle and solve environmental challenges to improve quality of life and save precious resources, all while working with fellow veterans to get the job done.
“Personal environments have a huge impact on human health and chronic illnesses,” said Soffel. “They influence everything from physical and mental development, to disease risk and life expectancy − yet to our great detriment they are routinely ignored. We have talented engineers, scientists and medical experts at our disposal, and we are shepherding sensible solutions to the market to help change those outcomes. We’re implementing learned strategies and careful project management from our military experience to bring cost and risk-reduction to our customers.”
According to the EPA, indoor air quality is one of the top five most-urgent environmental risks to the public. Research in recent years has outlined the consequences for health and productivity when particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pathogens go unaddressed.
Kentucky, and Louisville in particular, have very stark challenges when it comes to indoor air quality. The Louisville Sustainability Council has cited statistics that living in the Metro is equivalent of living with a smoker for four months of the year.
Much of the region has year-round particle pollution and high incidences of allergies and asthma. Those problems follow residents and workers indoors as leakage in ductwork causes “off ramps” that spread germs, mold, bacteria and particulate.
“We are implementing new technologies to seal and minimize duct leakage to close gaps,” said Soffel. “CES is also tackling loss of productivity as a result of sick days with airborne virus, bacteria, particle and VOC reduction and real time monitoring.”
Despite heavy chemical treatment, drinking water, pipes and ice machines in residential, commercial, industrial and healthcare settings pose risks due to microorganisms, scale and biofilm. In a pivot away from chemicals, CES uses harmless electrical signal induction as a preventative action.