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

The CLUS has students available to support small-scale community projects from 2018-2019. Contact us to learn more or learn about recent initatives!

Appalachian Trail Research

Over the next few years, the CLUS will be studying the AT with support from the National Park Service and Appalachian Trail Conservancy- in two different studies! Click the button to learn about our Natural Resource Condition Assessment project.

Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association

The CLUS will be collecting aerial drone footage of the Conodoguinet Creek and creating a storymap to highlight the CCWA Commemorative Project, celebrating 30 years of work!

Upper Delaware Partnership

The goal of this five year agreement is to complete and launch an effective and efficient spatial decisions support tool for project review within the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River corridor.

Delaware River Basin (DRB) Project- Land Use Dynamics

This research is supported by two grants to develop a land cover mapping, modeling, and monitoring system for the DRB in support of maintaining and restoring water resources, and to address the impact of future development and environmental change in the basin.

Sustainability Field Conference

With support from our partners, the Center for Land Use and Sustainability hosts an annual field conference to highlight sustainability related issues in the region. The second annual Sustainability Field Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018.

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 Valley Rail Trail

The Cumberland Valley Rail Trail (CVRT) was completed between Shippensburg and Newville in 2006, and extended through campus in 2017. Faculty at SU formed a CVRT Coordinating Committee to work with the community on joint initiatives.

Cumberland County Food Systems Alliance

The purpose of the Cumberland County Food System Alliance is to develop a sustainable local food system that promotes economic vitality, increases food security, promotes wellness and advances community resilience in Cumberland County.

South Mountain Partnership- Regional Capacity Building Initiative

The CLUS participates in a capacity building program in the South Mountain Region, facilitated by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The purpose of this initiative is to increase grassroots capacity and establish durable, powerful, and coordinated efforts to improve regions and communities.

Kittatinny Ridge Coalition

The CLUS is an active member of the Kittatinny Ridge Coalition. We conduct GIS and research projects in support of the mission and goals of the Coalition. Past efforts include parcel prioritization analysis and the creation of an interactive story map.

SoilHub Professional Development Workshops

Soil Hub and the CLUS collaborate to bring in-person soil science training to practicing professionals in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and beyond! All courses are offered free of charge to SU students, pending space availability.

Corporación de Estudios y Desarrolo Norte Grande Partnership

In 2017, the CLUS entered a collaboration with Corporación de Estudios y Desarrolo Norte Grande (CNG) in Chile. Through this partnership, we will develop research and service-learning projects involving students to better understand the geography of Northern 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.

Archaeological Geophysics at Camp Security

In 2018, CLUS staff and students will undertake a geophysical study utilizing ground penetrating radar (GPR), electromagnetic, and soil resistivity methods to investigate part of the area preserved as the site of Camp Security in Springettsbury Township, York County.

Inventory of Historic Preservation Ordinances in Pennsylvania

In 2017, with support from the Center for Rural PA, the CLUS created an inventory of municipal historic preservation ordinances in Pennsylvania. The findings of this research will be used by municipalities to protect historic resources.

Loysville Village Municipal Authority

In 2017, CLUS staff and students conducted a community survey to determine eligibility for grants and loans to support sewer infrastructure upgrades in Loysville Village.

Cumberland County Planning Commission

In 2017, the CLUS conducted an online survey on behalf of the Cumberland County Planning Commission (CCPC). Almost 3,000 survey responses were used to update the draft county comprehensive plan.

Poconos-Kittatinny Cluster Modeling

From 2016-2017, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation supported customized modeling for the Poconos-Kittatinny Cluster of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.

Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification

Students and faculty at SU are supporting local communities as they strive to reach Sustainable PA Community Certification. In August 2017, Chambersburg Borough was recognized as a Gold Certified Sustainable Municipality.

InTeGrate Project

In 2016, the CLUS had a grant through SERC at Carleton College: “Cultivating Sustainability through General Education Coursework, Professional Development, and High-Impact Co-Curricular Programming and Career Development at SU.”

Delmarva Wetlands Grant

From 2012-2015, the CLUS supported the University of Maryland in a project through NASA: “Mapping and Monitoring of Wetland Dynamics for Improved Resilience and Delivery of Ecosystem Services in the Mid-Atlantic Region.”

I-81 Corridor Coalition

From 2010-2016, Shippensburg University provided 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.