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