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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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How To Become A City of Austin Board/Commission Member

If you’re looking for a way to meaningfully impact public policy in Austin, this is it!

“I’ve lived here my whole life and so I’ve really watched Travis County and the City of Austin change so rapidly and powerfully that we are behind. We’re way behind in how many acres we should have per person to be able to adequately service them with having outdoor opportunities.”

–  Jennifer Bristol, talking about why a parks bond is on the Travis County 2023 ballot, in our Prop B election guide

Wanna make a difference in 2024? Here’s how… 

Become a Zero Waste Block Leader

Become a VDR and help register people to vote!

Apply to serve on a city board/commission.

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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!

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