The CLUS supports many projects at Shippensburg University. Learn about our current and past efforts, below.

Delaware River Basin- Land Use Dynamics

A watershed of over 13,000 square miles, the Delaware River Basin(DRB) provides water resources for roughly 5% of the US population. This 2-year project based at Shippensburg University aims to develop a land cover mapping, modeling, and monitoring system for the Delaware River Basin in support of maintaining and restoring water resources.

Delmarva Wetlands

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed (CBW) haswide variationin soils, topography, climate, hydrology, water chemistry, vegetation, and other factors,including human disturbance and wetland related policies.Outputs ofthis Land Cover Land Use Change (LCLUC) project will advance scientific understanding of the types, extent and processes of LCLUCand climate change on wetland extent, distribution, and provision of ecosystem services.

I-81 Corridor Coalition

Shippensburg University provides contract administration and project support for the I-81 Corridor Coalition. The I-81 Corridor Transportation Network supports freight and passenger movement, striving to be safe, efficient, environmentally sensitive, seamless and intermodal. The network supports economic development and encourages coordinated land use policy.


Faculty at Shippensburg University areworking to develop and test course curriculum associated with the courses Conservation of Natural Resources, and Environmental Biology. This project is part of a larger National Science Foundation research project in collaboration with the Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College.

Past Projects

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability has been involved in a variety of Student and Research Projects related to land use.