Current Projects

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability supports science-based solutions to interdisciplinary sustainability challenges. Learn about our current grants and contracts below, or explore our projects using this interactive map.

Community Research Support

Small-scale community projects such as creating maps or analyzing data.

South Mountain Research Corps

Research program supporting land owners, students, and researchers.

Appalachian Trail Research

Natural Resource Condition Assessment for the National Park Service.

Upper Delaware Partnership

Effective and efficient spatial decisions support tool for project review.

Land Use Dynamics in the DRB

Future development and environmental change impacts in the basin.

Sustainability Field Conference

Annual field conference to highlight sustainability related issues in the region.

Ongoing Collaborations

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability supports science-based solutions to interdisciplinary sustainability challenges. Learn about our local, regional, and global collaborations with organizations and businesses.

Cumberland County Food Systems Alliance

Working to develop a sustainable local food system.

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail

Cumberland Valley Rail Trail extension through Shippensburg University

SMP Regional Capacity Building Initiative

Capacity building program facilitated by the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Kittatinny Ridge Coalition

GIS and research projects in support of the mission and goals of the Coalition.

SoilHub Professional Development Workshops

In-person soil science training to practicing professionals.

CNG Partnership

Collaboration with Corporación de Estudios y Desarrolo Norte Grande (CNG) in Chile.

Past Projects

Through various grants and service contracts, the CLUS has conducted research on a variety of topics related to land use and sustainability. Learn more about our past research projects below, or visit our resources for presentations and publications related to this work.

Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association

Story map and drone imagery to support Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association.

Archaeological Geophysics at Camp Security

Geophysical study to investigate Camp Security in Springettsbury Township, York County.

PA Historic Preservation Ordinances Inventory

Research project through the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Loysville Village Municipal Authority

Community survey to determine eligibility for sewer infrastructure upgrades in Loysville Village.

Cumberland County Planning Commission

Online survey on behalf of the Cumberland County Planning Commission

Poconos-Kittatinny Cluster Modeling

Customized modeling for the Poconos-Kittatinny Cluster of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Sustainable PA Community Certification

Support for Chambersburg Borough to be recognized as a Gold Certified Sustainable Municipality.

InTeGrate Project

Grant through SERC at Carleton College to support integrating sustainability in curriculum.

Delmarva Wetlands Grant

Mapping and monitoring wetland dynamics for improved resilience and delivery of ecosystem services.

I-81 Corridor Coalition

Contract administration and project support for the I-81 Corridor Coalition.

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability has conducted multiple economic, geographic, and transportation analyses on a variety of topics. Visit our resources section to see findings from our past student and faculty research.