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

The Place Standard Tool with a climate lens is a project jointly led and delivered by Sniffer, Sustainable Scotland Network and Architecture & Design Scotland, together with and funded by Public Health Scotland and Scottish Government. It builds on the widely used Place Standard Tool (PST), which provides a simple framework to structure conversation about place, based around 14 themes. 

The Place Standard with a climate lens will help people to understand how climate change might play out in a local area and support them to design their future place in mind.

Image showing the place-based dimensions of climate change mitigation and adaptation created by Sniffer 2022 for the Place Standard with a climate lens

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The Place Standard with a Climate Lens is designed to support a joined up, collaborative, and participative approach to climate action within a place. 


Image Credit: Place-based dimensions of climate change - developed by Sniffer 2022 for the Place Standard with a climate lens

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).

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 the process and the learning so far.

Access the summary report about the Climate lens here

The Place Standard with a climate lens includes a suite of tools for facilitators and organisers of Place Standard sessions which can be used in addition to the existing Place Standard resources to help place-making conversations consider the two interrelated aspects (mitigation and adaptation) of how people and places need to address climate change. The ‘Climate Lens’ takes the form of:

  • extra guidance and questions in the main PST guidance,
  • a climate change prompt document for facilitators,
  • a glossary of terms,
  • support videos,
  • online and in person-tools to help facilitators host effective PST CL sessions (including slide-packs, online whiteboard templates, postcards, etc).

Support for early adopters

The final materials will be launched in autumn 2022. In the meantime the project team are looking for 'early adopters' interested in holding Place Standard with a climate lens sessions who would be willing to feed back their experience of using the tool. Follow the link below to find out more about the extra support provided for
climate lens early adopters and how to register interest.

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The use of the pilot tool helped us to think more broadly and expands inquisitiveness... It’s a low cost activity that isn’t reliant on software, deep expert knowledge, etc - [it] helps democratise the process of knowledge production."