Welcome to the austin common.

(Formerly known as the Austin EcoNetwork)

We’re the local news site that helps you be informed and make a difference… right here in Austin, Texas.


In other words, we’re here to help you make a positive impact on the world… whether you just want to support conscious businesses or become the next Leslie Knope, Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, or even the Lorax. 

Featured Event

Sierra Club Climate Change Committee Meeting

Learn about public health, social justice, and climate (and how to get involved locally) at this virtual Sierra Club meeting.

“Even more so now, with the backdrop of the pandemic and the economic impact it’s had on everybody, Project Connect is an opportunity not only to get better transit, but also to put people to work. There are some economic development opportunities there that I think will probably play a bigger role in the way people think about it.”

Jackie Nirenberg, manager for community involvement with Capital Metro, in our latest story – “It’s Time To Talk Transit Again.”

It’s Bike Month. Here’s how to celebrate. 

Use the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative’s Bike Shop Status map to figure out which local bike shops are still open and which services they’re still offering.

Follow the Austin Transportation Department’s guidelines for safe riding.

Participate in the Ghisallo Cycling Initiative’s We Bike Wednesdays. Post photos from your ride on social media and tag @ghisallocycling and/or use the #gciwbw hashtag

Join the Club

At The Austin Common, our goal is to do more than just share news and information. We’re here to build community, standing side-by-side with all the amazing people who make this city so great. That’s why we’ve created a virtual membership club, especially focused on getting us all through this COVID-19 crisis and building community resilience in the process. 

Jobs For The Common Good

A full list of the coolest sustainability + civic jobs in Austin!

Free Plants

Latest Quiz

Because it’s time for quizzes with more helpful information in them than “what kind of toast you are” or “which Disney princess you’re most like”… (sorry Buzzfeed). 


With our quizzes, we help you learn about your local community, get personalized advice, and of course, have a little fun. — Coming soon!

Tell us What You think

Help guide our reporting by sharing your thoughts below. 


Action Item

Help decide how the city spends your money by taking their 2021 budget survey.