Mark Dowey is an architect with 20 years of experience in education, retail, commercial and residential sectors in London ad Edinburgh. After recently completing an MSc in Environmental Management, Mark’s focus has shifted to how environmental policy drives built environment solutions and how we move to a climate positive future where real behaviour change is at the forefront of decision making.

Architecture and Design Scotland’s vision is a Scotland whose places are healthy, sustainable, and thriving, where everyone works together to shape their future. The future is one we need to be prepared for, and future-proofing our places as best as we can, including adaptation to address climate change, will make them better for everyone. Our Climate Action Towns project is helping to realise these ambitions, embedding the Eight Principle of a Carbon Conscious Place in our engagement processes in the nine project towns. The Climate Action Towns project is supported by the Scottish Government.

Climate hack: Transport is now the biggest sector carbon emitter in the UK and little improvement has been seen since the early 90s. Change is coming, but to get ahead of the curve, leave the car at home once a week. Explore different ways to travel including public transport, cycling, walking and shared transport. You never know, you might enjoy it and the more people that change, the better the services available to all.

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