Deborah and James Johnston, owners of Johnston Environmental, are native North Carolinians. Deborah received her BS in environmental engineering from NC State University in 1997 and James received a BS in geology ('88) and a MS in civil engineering ('93), both from NC State University. Deborah and James have worked in the civil and environmental engineering fields non-stop since graduation, including time in groundwater remediation (polluted industrial sites and underground storage tank sites), air quality compliance, municipal water and sewer, stormwater engineering, site development, and government sector engineering (James was Director of Engineering and Utilities for a local municipality).
Until starting Johnston Environmental, Deborah worked for two prominent NC environmental consulting firms. James was a partner in a successful engineering consulting firm from 2000 – 2011, helping the firm to grow from 4 to 55 employees by 2011. That firm specialized in assessment of large-scale municipal pipeline infrastructure and rehabilitation of pipeline systems using trenchless technologies. This engineering discipline applies a variety of specialized technologies. Some tools include remote, robotic CCTV video inspection, electronic scanning and imaging, and a variety of trenchless “relining” technologies for no-dig pipeline repairs.
The Johnstons have two children and are dedicated to their family. James is an avid volunteer coach in Henderson County youth sports and a board member with Housing Assistance Corporation in Henderson County. Deborah commits countless volunteer hours in Henderson County Public Schools.