Welcome to the CLUS!

The mission of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability is to support science-based solutions to interdisciplinary sustainability challenges. We leverage the expertise of our affiliated scientists here at Shippensburg University to conduct research and complete projects in the community.

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Our Story

Shippensburg University established the Center for Land Use in January 2003 to provide “conferences, workshops, technical assistance, research, and community education programs to promote sound land planning and to enhance the quality of life in the five county service region of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry Counties.” In Summer 2015, the Center was relaunched as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Learn more about our history.

Affiliated Scientists


Projects Completed

Our Goals

The mission of the CLUS is to support science-based solutions to interdisciplinary sustainability challenges.


Promote Interdisciplinary Research

To promote applied interdisciplinary research on issues related to land use and sustainability.


Support Sustainable Solutions

To support affordable, sustainable solutions in our local, regional, and global communities.


Provide Professional Development

To create professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and high-impact learning experiences for students.

Our Expertise

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University can offer consulting expertise in a variety of areas. Please contact our project coordinator for more information.


Geographic Information Systems


Global Navigation Satellite Systems


Physical and Environmental Sciences


Land Use Planning, Economics, and Transportation


Applied History and Archaeology


Sustainable Business Practices


Community Sustainability


Grant Writing and Project Management

Our Partners and Supporters

The CLUS builds partnerships with organizations, businesses, and individuals through student internships, research projects, and events.

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Learn more about the CLUS, and how you can support our mission.

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