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

Learn everything you need to know to cast an informed ballot by Election Day. We making 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

Just Places: Building Power With Design Justice

Join Community Powered Workshop for a discussion on what design justice means & what it looks like in action. 

“Nearly everything around us is built with a goal in mind that benefits some, but may negatively impact others. Design justice recognizes the legacy of exclusionary design and planning processes that reproduce the structural inequalities we live with today. A more just design process centers community voice and power to advance collective liberation. “

The election is over. Here’s what happened in Austin…

Prop A & Prop B both passed, bringing large transportation projects to Austin

2 Austin City Council races are heading to a runoff (District 6 & 10)

Voter turnout in Travis County was higher than it's been in 28 years.

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!

Make A Difference Internship (Social Media Focus)

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!

Your Ultimate Local Election Guide

Everything you need to know, in 3 simple emails. Sign up below. 

Action Item

Recycle your old campaign yard signs at the City of Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center.