George Howard

Co-Founder & CEO
Restoration Systems, LLC
Raleigh, NC


George is responsible for identifying growth opportunities for Restoration Systems outside of North Carolina and for the implementation of innovative mitigation in North Carolina. He is also a respected speaker for legislative and mitigation policy progress in the industry as a whole.

Working as staff in the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1996, George was responsible for environmental public policy, particularly wetlands, water quality and species issues.

He returned home to North Carolina and moved to Raleigh in 1996 to help sponsor the state’s first successful large-scale mitigation bank — the 660 acre Cape Fear Regional Mitigation Bank, now in its 18th year of documented ecological success. His determination to make North Carolina a leader in private sector environmental mitigation led George to found Restoration Systems with John Preyer in 1998.

George has produced a number of cutting edge mitigation projects for Restoration Systems; including, the nation’s first large-scale dam removals for compensatory mitigation, the nation’s first two retail water quality and nutrient off-set banks, and the largest single-site stream mitigation bank in the United States (servicing Harris County and Houston, Texas).

George has testified to the U.S. Congress in support of the industry, is a former six-year Director of the National Mitigation Banking Association, and a regular presenter at regional and national environmental conferences.

A 1989 Political Science graduate of UNC, George grew up in rural Guilford County. He is the grandson of two engineers, and continues a family tradition of water-related heavy construction. The former Paul N. Howard Company and Howard International completed more than 4,000 water quality projects in the Southeastern U.S. and twenty foreign countries. George and his wife Pam have two children, Georgia (15), and Henry (12), and live seven minutes from RS in Raleigh.