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Let’s face it. Life is complicated… and confusing. Which can make it difficult to do things like shop local, reduce your carbon footprint, vote, eat healthy, clean your house, and still remember to call your mom every once in a while. That’s where we come in. Look through our guides and how-to articles for practical advice on how to live your best Austin life! 

Austin Reuse Directory

Austin Reuse Directory

The Reuse Directory makes it easy to figure out where to donate/sell used items, buy used/ upcycled items, and rent or repair items. Keeping your used clothes, furniture, and electronics out of the landfill has never been so easy! (Created in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery.)

Austin Green Business Leaders Guide

Austin Green business Leaders Directory

Use this directory to find and support local businesses who are working hard to make Austin (and our planet) a better place to live! Businesses in this directory are all part of the city's Green Business Leaders Program. In order to qualify, they all had to prove their excellence across seven different categories – communication and outreach, resource management, water, energy, a healthy work environment, transportation, and community stewardship. (Created in partnership with the City of Austin Office of Sustainability.)

News Archives

News Archives

Every story we've ever written, sorted by topic. Perfect for students working on research projects or anyone who’s newly passionate about a topic (or just moved to town) and wants to familiarize themselves with the local scene.

The People's Dictionary of Austin

The People's Dictionary of Austin.

Your guide to all of the jargon-y terms you don't understand when you read the news, but have been too embarrassed to ask about. ---Coming soon!

Newcomers Guide

The Newcomer's Socially-Conscious Guide To Austin

Just moved to town? Lived here for a few years, but are just starting to get more civically engaged? Then this is the guide for you! ---- Coming soon!

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1 News Item You Need To Know
Amy Stansbury

Here’s How To Give Input On New Bus Lines In Austin

We’ve been talking a lot lately about the future of transportation in Austin. In particular, the possibility of a 2020 election that could allow Austin voters to decide whether or not we want a high capacity transit system. But it’s not all just about the

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Kaboom
EcoNetwork
Amy Stansbury

How To Build A Playground In Just 6 Hours.

Want to help build a brand-new playground in Austin? Want to do it in just six hours?   That’s what’s possible with KaBOOM!   KaBOOM is national nonprofit dedicated to giving all kids, especially those living in poverty, great, safe places to play. On November 6th, they’re building

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Environmental Steward
EcoNetwork
Amy Stansbury

How to be an Environmental Steward in Your Neighborhood

Sponsored Post – from Texas Disposal Systems   A big movement begins with just one person making a difference. With 7.5 billion people calling Earth home, creating a cleaner, more sustainable environment probably seems like a daunting task, but what happens if we start by

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Earth Day
Amy Stansbury

Here’s An Easy Way To Show Your Love For The Planet

Looking for ways to show your love for the planet this Earth Month?   H-E-B and EarthShare of Texas have made it pretty easy.   Their annual Earth Month Tear-Pad campaign is back in most H-E-B and Central Market stores.   Here’s at it works.   In the checkout line throughout

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