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

Quarantine Cooking

Join the Sustainable Food Center and The Austin Common for a live (virtual) cooking chat and recipe demo, with a focus on making healthy meals during these difficult times. 

“So one thing we know for sure, is that whenever there is a disaster or pandemic, communities of color are usually left out.”

Angelica Erazo – community activist, member of the City of Austin Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Resource Advisory Commission, board member of Earth Day Austin and the New Philanthropists

Why community-led disaster response is so important.

Marginalized communities are usually left out of official disaster response efforts.

Trusted leaders often know how to communicate with their communities better than government officials.

In order for disaster response to be equitable, communities must be empowered to lead.

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!

Featured Job: Community Arts Project Coordinator. Apply here. 

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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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Action Item

Take the census. Be counted and help bring our fair share of federal funds, education dollars, and congressional reps to Austin. Just look for the postcard in the mail.