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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

John Preyer

John Preyer
Co-Founder, President and COO
Restoration Systems


John Preyer is the Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Restoration Systems. His work in environmental restoration and environmental policy started in 1992 when he served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Lauch Faircloth of North Carolina. As Legislative Director he regularly dealt with numerous federal regulatory agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and all corresponding state agencies.

In 1998 John joined with former Senate colleague George Howard and founded Restoration Systems. In 2002 John was instrumental in securing the site which provided all off-site compensatory mitigation for the Federal Express Cargo Hub expansion at the Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, NC. At the time, it was the state’s largest economic development project with a projected value of $1.8 billion.

From 2002-2006 John served on the board of the NC Coastal Federation. Before joining the board he worked closely with the Coastal Federation’s executive director on obtaining the land for their North River Farms restoration site, which would become a marquee example for large scale coastal wetland restoration efforts.

In 2007, John worked with the NC General Assembly to amend a state law that required all mitigation efforts for non-point source nitrogen and phosphorous loading in the Neuse and Tar Pamlico River Basins, which both had state water quality rules in place, be performed by the state operated in-lieu fee mitigation program. This eight-year monopoly precluded private mitigation banks from selling nitrogen or phosphorous credits. The law was changed in 2008 and RS permitted the state’s first water quality mitigation bank to offset non-point source excess nitrogen loading in the Neuse River Basin. Since that time, competing water quality mitigation banks have been permitted, providing competitive pricing and additional up-front, functioning and in the ground mitigation.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, John lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, two children and a dog.