Awards and Recognition

Learn about the awards and recognition received by the Center for Land Use and Sustainability and its Affiliate Scholars, as well as honors granted to Shippensburg University that are directly connected to the work of the CLUS.

2022 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School


Postsecondary Sustainability Award

Shippensburg University was selected as a 2022 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School in the Postsecondary Sustainability Award category. We were one of only four postsecondary institutions in the nation who received this award. CLUS staff helped prepare the application, highlighting efforts that included the decommissioning of the coal-powered steam plant, our Sustainability major, the organic campus farm, our Bicycle Friendly University status, our Climate Commitment, our StewardShip initiatives, the ShipComposts project, and the work of the CLUS and campus more broadly. Governor Wolf recognized the accomplishment, and the university was recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Princeton Review


Green College, 2022 and 2023

Shippensburg University has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review in 2022 and 2023. This designation was awarded based on a survey of institutions’ policies, practices, and programs related to sustainability.

Shippensburg University Presidential Medal


Awarded to the Center for Land Use and Sustainability

The CLUS was awarded the 2021 Shippensburg University Presidential Medal. The Presidential Medal is awarded to a person or a group for extraordinary contributions to the university. In addition to the recognition, the awardee is given scholarship money to distribute to a student as the awardee chooses. Visit the photo gallery of the awards ceremony for more highlights.

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania


Joanne Denworth Founder Award

The CLUS was also honored with the Joanne Denworth Founder Award from the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, the commonwealth’s leading statewide advocate and authority on responsible land use. The Founders Award recognizes visionary institutional leadership in community revitalization initiatives that exemplify sound land-use principles.

South Mountain Partnership


Spirit of South Mountain Award, Dr. Claire Jantz

Dr. Claire Jantz, Director of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability, was awarded with the Spirit of South Mountain Award by the South Mountain Partnership in 2021. This awarded recognizes an individual, project, or organization that has made significant contributions to advancing a positive and sustainable future for the South Mountain landscape. You can watch the award video online.

This vision, mission, and values of the CLUS support the broader institutional vision articulated in the 2016-2021 Shippensburg University Strategic Plan and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education System Redesign initiative.