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(Formerly known as the Austin EcoNetwork)

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August Coffee Jolt With Senator Eckhardt

Meet state Senator Sarah Eckhardt, who represents much of the Austin area in the Texas Legislature. 

“We want to give El Pasoans that power, that direct democracy to say, this is what we want to do with our utilities, with our electricity. This is the future we want. And really, that it’s our right to define those things.”

–  Luis Miranda, climate organizer in El Paso, in the latest episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour

Austin City Council is about to pass a new budget. Here’s what that could mean for you…

The draft budget proposal includes a 2.7% increase in city taxes & fees for the average Austinite.

In an effort to better attract & retain city employees, the city will also likely raise its minimum wage.

Funding for emergency rental assistance and neighborhood resiliency hubs will also likely be included in the budget.

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

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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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Action Item

Help shape Austin’s water future. Fill out Austin Water’s Water Forward survey.