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(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 here for our most recent election guides.


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.

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Austin Airport Open House

Learn about upcoming expansion & improvement projects at the Austin Airport. 

“Most importantly, the data we are working with are not just numbers. This report is about real people. No analyses, quantitative or qualitative, can do justice to any of these individuals’ personal experiences.”

–  ECHO in their 2023 Needs & Gap report, as referenced in our latest story, “How Many People Are Experiencing Homelessness In Austin?”

The data on homelessness in Austin can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know… 

Measuring the size of a city's homeless population is inherently difficult because its constantly changing & many people experiencing homelessness live in hard-to-find places.

Historically, Austin has measured homelessness using the Point In Time Count. Our most recent count showed 2,374 people experiencing homelessness.

But the PIT Count doesn't tell the whole story. The latest info from our local homelessness services database shows more than 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in Austin.

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Jobs For The Common Good

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

Product Developer – UT Austin City + Climate Colab

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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