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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

Did you know there's an election in May? Learn everything you need to know to cast an informed vote on all 8 ballot propositions. We make 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

District 7 Budget Town Hall

Share your thoughts and ask questions on the city’s new budget with District 7 City Council Member Leslie Pool. 

“It’s been said that the moral test of government is how it treats those in the dawn of life, those in the twilight of life, and those in the shadows of life. Certainly our neighbors who are continuing to experience homelessness are in the shadows of life – and I couldn’t agree more that how we treat them is, fundamentally, a moral issue.”


– Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk, when announcing his draft proposal for the new city’s budget. You can learn more his proposal here.

Did you know? Austin has curbside composting. Here’s how it works… 

Earlier this year, Austin Resource Recovery finished its multi-year rollout of curbside composting, which means that all curbside customers now have access to the service.

Lots of things can go into your compost cart, including pizza boxes, cooked or raw meat, and popsicle sticks.

Just remember that plastics bags, diapers, and wine corks can't go into your green compost cart!

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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!

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Action Item

Sign up speak at an upcoming City of Austin budget input meeting.