The Place Standard with a Climate Lens has been developed to help people understand how climate change might play out in a local area and support them to design their future place with climate in mind.


It builds on the core Place Standard tool and is designed to support a joined up, collaborative, and participative approach to climate action within a place. 

The project has been jointly led and delivered by Sniffer, Sustainable Scotland Network and Architecture & Design Scotland, together with and funded by Public Health Scotland and Scottish Government.

The Climate Lens includes a suite of tools for facilitators and organisers of Place Standard sessions, including:

  • extra guidance and questions in the main Place Standard tool guidance
  • a climate change prompt document for facilitators,
  • a glossary of terms,
  • support videos,
  • online and in person-tools to help facilitators host effective climate-focussed sessions 

Place Standard with a Climate Lens: co-creating local climate solutions

The Place Standard with a Climate Lens provides step-by-step support on how to to develop productive conversations focussed on the important relationship between climate and place.

The Climate Lens follows the same, easy to use approach as the core Place Standard tool. Adding the Climate Lens to Place Standard sessions will help to consider how big trends such as climate change and decarbonisation might affect a place.

Access the Climate Lens here

Climate Lens- Abridged Guidance

An abridged version of the Climate Lens is also available. This version has been developed for facilitators and contains the principles and process for delivering an effective Climate lens conversation.

Access the abridged Climate Lens guidance here

The tool can help communities consider climate change mitigation (how their place will transition to a net zero future when fossil fuels are no longer used) and climate change adaptation (how their place could better cope with extreme weather as the climate changes).

Additional Climate Lens resources

Resources to help you get started on running your own session. Feel free to adapt them to suit the needs of your Climate lens assessment or develop your own resources.

Further/Additional Climate Lens resources

Support for early adopters

We are looking for 'early adopters' interested in using the Place Standard with a Climate Lens. If you are interested and would be willing to provide feedback on your experiences, then we are hosting an online workshop event on 25th October to provide more detail and provide some extra support to early adopters.

Follow the link below to find out more detail and sign up for the workshop.

Find out more about the Climate Lens Early Adopters workshop

Collaborating to create a climate lens

The project team worked together to develop Place Standard Climate Lens materials and piloted them in real situations with 10 placemaking projects from across Scotland. These were chosen to represent the varied communities, landscapes, scales and type of project where the climate lens might be used and provided feedback which was used to refine and finalise the materials.
The Summer 2022 project report describes some of the process behind the development of the Climate Lens.

Access the summary report about the Climate lens here