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.

If this your first time visiting? Learn more by clicking on one of the buttons below. Or, keep scrolling for a look at our most recent posts, stories, and suggested civic action items. 


Elections 101

We make learning about elections fun and easy! Click above for info about the Austin runoff elections.


News Articles

Look through our thousands of local news stories. New posts are added weekly and every story has a focus on community engagement and ways you can get involved.


Community Calendar

Discover new ways to connect to Austin's civic community with our community calendar, featuring events from dozens of local nonprofits & advocacy groups.

Featured Event

I-35 Capital Express Project Public Hearing

Share your thoughts with TxDOT on proposed plans to expand I-35. 

“Historic preservation recognizes our history while also helping to shape the future. Older buildings support sustainability, affordable housing, small businesses, and creatives. They also foster a sense of place by preserving the character and culture of a particular street or neighborhood.”

–  City of Austin Preservation Office, in our latest partner post about the update to our city’s historic preservation plan. 

The Texas Legislature is officially in session. Here’s what you need to know… 

The 88th Texas Legislative session began on Jan. 10th & lasts for 140 days.

Texas has a historic budget surplus this year. State lawmakers now have to decide how much of it they should spend & what they should spend it on.

There are 150 members in the Texas House & 31 members in the Texas Senate. Republicans have majorities in both.

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Jobs For The Common Good

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

Your Vote Is Your Voice

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!

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Have any questions about The Austin Common? Just send us an email (info@theaustincommon.com). We’d love to chat. 

Action Item

Don’t forget to vote!!