Vision and Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability is fostering healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities through applied research, experiential learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships. 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. Support our mission.

Our guiding values:

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Fostering Sustainability, Justice, and Equity

Our view of sustainability is holistic, encompassing environmental, social, and economic perspectives. We strongly support informed decision-making processes that consider social determinants of health and creative placemaking to support healthy growth of our communities while preserving resources and opportunities for future generations.

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Student Success

Through applied research with faculty and community partners, students build professional networks and skills that prepare them for the workforce or further studies, while addressing sustainability challenges.

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Professional Excellence

All work affiliated with the CLUS should represent excellent scholarship, meet or exceed current professional standards, and adhere to the highest ethical practices.

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Collaboration

Today’s social, economic, and environmental challenges require an interdisciplinary approach. Successful collaborations are built on respect, consensus building, diversity, open-minds, and willingness to learn from each other- the CLUS strives to embrace these practices.

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.