Come Clean, Go Green

Competition Rules & Regulations

The Come Clean, Go Green competition is a program dedicated to making Lewis a more sustainable campus with ideas from Lewis Students across all disciplines. The program is sponsored by the Lewis University Sustainability Council and supported by, the sustainability fee, which was approved last year. The fee will fund the implementation of sustainability projects on campus that are chosen by students. Please go to the sustainability newsletter under the Come Clean, Go Green tab for further details.

Competition Rules

A proposal should be a 3-5 page plan that includes the following sections:

  • Cover page
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction and explanation of need on campus
  • Plan or timeline of implementation
  • Explanation of how the project will sustain itself
  • Costs associated with project
  • List of sources used to develop the plan

This can be an individual or team effort. All proposals must include a Lewis Faculty or Staff advisor.


The proposals will be vetted by administrators, faculty and staff members on the Lewis University Sustainability Council. Once vetted, students will vote on projects at voting booths across campus in the weeks prior to Earth Week. The winner and runner-up will be announced during Earth Week.


Proposals are due by 4/4/2022 and should be submitted online using the “Submissions” tab on the page.


Winning proposals from previous years can be found below. If you have any additional questions about the competition please contact one of the 2021 organizers:

Dr. Jerry Kavouras

Previous Winners

2021 Winner
Winner: Food to Fuel: Biodiesel Processing for Campus and Community Use

2021 Submissions
- Ecological Impacts of Apiaries
- Insect Hotels: A Biological Remedy for the Survivability of Insects and the Human Species
- Implementation of a Small-Scale Wind Turbine

2016 Winners
1st Place: Implementing Efficient Laminar-Flow Showerheads
2nd Place: Drip Irrigation: Saving Plants and Water Alike
3rd Place: Moisture Sensitive Sprinkler System

2015 winners
1st place: Monarch butterfly
2nd place: Compostable cutlery
3rd place: Apple trees

2014 winners
1st place: Solar shed
2nd place: Lewis flyer gas tan
3rd place: Energy saving tablet computing

2013 winners
1st place: Zero waste
2nd place: Eco-plan
3rd place: Vermicomposting