The Votes Are In, ‘Save Winni’ Misses AMEX Project Top 5

July 27th, 2007 by Adam

A national vote to fund noteworthy projects by American Express cardholders has dropped a proposal to protect Lake Winnipesaukee from pollution. However, PSU’s Center for the Environment, which has spearheaded lake protection efforts, is happy with the nationwide publicity generated by the contest.

The Save Lake Winnipesaukee television commercial first appeared nationally about three weeks ago and the buzz generated by the campaign boosted it into the top 25 projects. The top vote-getters were eligible to receive between $1 million and $5 million in funding from the American Express Members Project.

However, the last round of voting saw the Save Lake Winnipesaukee project fall short. Despite that setback, PSU’s Center for the Environment Director Steve Kahl is happy they were in the national spotlight.

“We are proud and pleased that the Save Lake Winnipesaukee campaign was ranked #17 out of 7,000 proposals submitted to American Express,” said Kahl. “We will use the visibility and education afforded by this process to continue to develop the proposal for a watershed management plan for the lake, with our numerous partners.”

Plymouth State University is playing an important role in the ongoing effort to protect Lake Winnipesaukee from pollution. The University’s Center for the Environment has partnered with the Lake Winnipesaukee Watershed Association, The Lakes Region Planning Commission, and the North Country Resource Conservation & Development Council to create a program designed to ensure that Lake Winnipesaukee remains clean for generations.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu