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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. 

News Archives - Civics

Civics 101

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about local government (in a way thats fun and easy-to-understand). Read through our Civics 101 stories & get yourself a copy of "A Beginner's Guide To Local Government."


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

Austin Justice Coalition July General Meeting

Learn about AJC’s current initiatives and how you can get involved. 

“In our role as City staff working within these institutions, and in our personal lives, we frequently build, shape and perpetuate a culture that is inherently racist. We also know that environmental and other policies in our city have had negative consequences on communities of color.”

The City of Austin Office of Sustainability in an open letter in solidarity against racism and injustice.

There’s an election coming up. Here’s what you should know.

Election Day is July 14th.

Early voting lasts from June 29th to July 10th.

This is a primary runoff & special election, which will impact issues like criminal justice reform and healthcare in Austin.

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)

March For Black Lives

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

Participate in the city’s budget process by taking this survey from the Austin Justice Coalition.