Dr. John Benhart established the CLU in 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, Fulton, 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 at local, regional, and global scales.