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



We don’t have to tell you that pretty much every event in Austin has been canceled. But stay tuned, because we’re keeping an eye on digital events and of course, we’ll let you when we’re all allowed to start having fun outside of the house again 🙂  

“Everybody talks about voting, and voting is extremely, essentially important. The census, I would argue is more so. Because it doesn’t matter what your citizenship status is. It doesn’t matter what your age is…”

María Milner – director of equity and inclusion with the Austin Area League of Women Voters

These are crazy times. Here’s how to help.

Help build an online COVID-19 resource with other community leaders.

Help nonprofits and job-seekers by donating to Keep Austin Giving.

Provide food for those in need by donating to the Central Texas Food Bank.

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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Help guide our reporting by sharing your thoughts below. 


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.