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 here for our most election guides on the May 4th TCAD election.


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

Mobility Town Hall

Talk all things mobility & transportation with two Austin City Council members. 

“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?”

There’s an election going on right now. Here’s what you need to know… 

Travis County voters will get to select three members of the Travis Central Appraisal District Board of Directors.

The board provides oversight for TCAD, which is responsible for assessing the value of all the property in the county (which is part of the equation in determining property tax bills).

Election Day is May 4th and the polls will be open from 7am to 7pm.

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Jobs For The Common Good

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

GIS Intern – The Trail Conservancy 

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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