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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

Learn everything you need to know to cast an informed ballot by Election Day. We making learning about elections fun and easy!


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

Solar Austin Happy Hour: Featuring TreeFolks, The Local Solution To Climate Change

Learn about the ways TreeFolks (a local nonprofit organization) is fighting climate change & turning the tide on deforestation in Texas.

Right now we are spending so much money on police and we’re getting, not so little in return, but the return associated with an increase in police is so low, or so hard to demonstrate, that it doesn’t make any sense to spend any more.”

– Bill Spelman, UT professor & former Austin City Council member in our latest podcast episode, “Let’s Look At The Numbers: Crime Data & Public Safety.”

The 87th session of the Texas Legislature has begun. Here’s what you need to know. 

The legislative session only has 140 days.

During this session, the Legislature will be responsible for redrawing our state's political districts.

COVID-19 has changed a lot of the ways that the public will be able to interact with the Legislature, but there are still ways to get involved.

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!

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!

Your Ultimate Local Election Guide

Everything you need to know, in 3 simple emails. Sign up below. 

Action Item

Support Austin’s unhoused residents during this winter storm by donating to the Community Resilience Trust.