Vision and Mission Statement

The mission of the Center for Land Use and Sustainability is to support science-based solutions to interdisciplinary sustainability challenges. Our vision is to become a nationally recognized interdisciplinary center that leverages the expertise of SU faculty, staff, and students to promote sustainable land use, economic development, cultural and natural resource management, and communities at local, regional, and global scales. Click here to support our mission.

CLUS Goals:


Promote Interdisciplinary Research

To promote applied interdisciplinary research on issues related to land use and sustainability.


Support Sustainable Solutions

To support affordable, sustainable solutions in our local, regional, and global communities.


Provide Professional Development

To create professional development opportunities for faculty and staff, and high-impact learning experiences for students.

This vision, mission, and goals support the broader institutional vision that is articulated in the 2013-2018 Academic Master Plan because it will promote Shippensburg University as “a national model for quality public higher education in the liberal arts tradition, both through dynamic faculty-student engagement and through the integration of academic, professional, cultural, and service experiences.” We envision that undergraduate and graduate students will become involved with the CLUS through student-faculty research and service learning programs, which will “encourage and facilitate collaborative learning opportunities” (Goal 2.5), create new opportunities for high-impact experiential learning (Goal 3.1), “support faculty in their roles as academic and professional mentors (Goal 3.1),” and provide a mechanism to strengthen university and community connections (Goal 3.3 and 6.5). As an interdisciplinary center with dedicated support staff, the CLUS will serve as a faculty recruitment and retention tool (Goal 4.1), support faculty professional development in the areas of research and scholarship (Goal 4.2), and will specifically foster interdisciplinary collaborations (Goal 4.6).