Center for Land Use and Sustainability

The Center for Land Use and Sustainability (CLUS) is an interdisciplinary center of Shippensburg University, supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and based in the Geography-Earth Science Department where students can major in sustainability. The CLUS provides hands-on learning opportunities for SU students to engage with the community and is a proud supporter of sustainability initiatives on campus, including the SU Climate Commitment.

The CLUS serves as a key resource in South Central Pennsylvania, fostering healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities through applied research, experiential learning opportunities, and interdisciplinary, cross-sector partnerships. We strive 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.

Our guiding values:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Visit the official CLUS Website to learn more about our events, projects, and how you can get involved. Consider donating to the CLUS to support student research and community projects. You can also visit us at either of our physical locations on 29 E. King Street in downtown Shippensburg or on campus in Rowland Hall 201.

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. As outlined in our Strategic Plan, we will focus on the following goals from 2020-2025:

  • Support the growth of healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond
  • Foster experiences and facilitate development of diverse skills and knowledge that prepare students to pursue meaningful career pathways
  • Connect affiliate scholars to the community through research and partnerships that advance interdisciplinary, sustainable solutions
  • Elevate Shippensburg University’s regional leadership role in sustainability and technology
  • Build the Center’s organizational resilience and financial sustainability

We leverage the expertise of our Affiliate Scholars and Student Fellows at Shippensburg University to conduct research and complete projects in the community. As the CLUS grows, we continue to add to this knowledge. Learn more about our expertise or contact us to discuss opportunities for collaboration.

  • Applied History and Archaeology
  • Community Sustainability
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GLONASS)
  • Land Use Planning, Economics, and Transportation
  • Physical and Environmental Sciences
  • Sustainable Business Practices
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)

The CLUS supports science-based solutions to interdisciplinary sustainability challenges. We aim to improve environmental and community conditions through collaborations from local, regional and global organizations and businesses. Project areas include:

  • Land Use Planning and Decision Support: We support the growth of healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities throughout Pennsylvania and beyond. Through applied research, we support informed decision-making processes that consider social determinants of health and creative placemaking to balance healthy growth with preserving resources and opportunities for future generations.
  • Sustainability and Climate Resilience: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. We support projects with a holistic view of sustainability, encompassing environmental, social, and economic perspectives.
  • Capacity Building: Collaboration is a key value of the CLUS, and we strive to support our partners. 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.

There are many ways to get involved with the CLUS. Visit our website or contact us to learn more.

  • Attend an event
  • Collaborate on research and scholarship
  • Donate to the CLUS
  • Host student interns
  • Join our team of Affiliate Scholars and Student Fellows
  • Serve on our Advisory Council

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