Introducing... our new logo!

With the completion of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and move to downtown Shippensburg, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability is pleased to unveil a new logo and color scheme.

CLUS Annual Report Available!

The 2019-2020 Annual Report is now available. Learn more about our accomplishments and activities over the past year, including the completion of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan!

CCFSA Launches Website

The Cumberland County Food System Alliance has launched a new website, highlighting resources in the county related to food access and nutrition. The CLUS provides capacity to the CCFSA and other important initiatives in our community.

SU Signs Climate Commitment!

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, President Laurie Carter signed the Campus Climate Commitment. Learn more about the Campus Climate Commitment and what StewardSHIP means to Shippensburg University!

Our Story

Shippensburg University established the Center for Land Use in 2003 to provide education, promote sound land planning, and enhance the quality of life in the five county service region of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and Perry Counties in Pennsylvania.

In 2015, the Center was revitalized as the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, with a more inclusive focus on environmental, economic, and social issues. The CLUS strives to foster healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities through applied research, experiential learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships. Learn more about our history and projects to better understand our role in the community.

Affiliate Scholars


Student Fellows

Our Goals

Our vision is to be a leader in transforming scientific research into social innovations that promote a thriving economy while preserving resources and reducing the impacts of climate change. As outlined in our Strategic Plan, we will focus on the following goals from 2020-2025:


Support the growth of healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond


Foster experiences and facilitate development of diverse skills and knowledge that prepare students to pursue meaningful career pathways


Connect affiliate scholars to the community through research and partnerships that advance interdisciplinary, sustainable solutions


Elevate Shippensburg University’s regional leadership role in sustainability and technology


Build the Center’s organizational resilience and financial sustainability

Our Expertise

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


Applied History and Archaeology


Community Sustainability


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GLONASS)


Land Use Planning, Economics, and Transportation


Physical and Environmental Sciences


Sustainable Business Practices


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

Our Partners and Supporters

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

Contact Us

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

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