Real-Time Air Monitoring now available in the Shippensburg area!

CLUS Affiliate Scholars Tim Hawkins and Steven Haase worked with the Central PA Clean Air Board to install two new air monitors in the Shippensburg Area for Real-Time air quality monitoring.

CLUS Receives Joanne Denworth Founders Award!

CLUS was recognized during the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania 2020 & 2021 VIRTUAL Commonwealth Awards! We are proud to receive this visionary award, honoring projects, plans and initiatives that demonstrate smart growth, community resilience, and equity principles in action.

Reducing Raider Waste: Tractor Campaign

Help the CLUS purchase an eco-diesel tractor in support of ShipComposts- a student initiative to reduce food waste on the Shippensburg University campus! Learn more and donate today!

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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