Although the temperatures are cooling off, we just wrapped up one heck of a hot summer here in Austin. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, it was our third hottest summer in recorded history. That's why Mayor Steve Adler and the city's Office of Sustainability have declared...

Flashback to the year 2000. Austin puts a rail system on the ballot and it fails by about 2,000 votes. Flashback to 2014, Austinites once again have the opportunity to vote on rail and once again, it fails. So what comes next for the future of...

When it comes to buying sustainably sourced meat, Whole Foods gets an F. That's the conclusion of a report produced by Mighty Earth, which looked at 23 of the country's largest fast food, grocery, and food service companies. According to the report, "Nineteen companies had no...

You are officially invited to a more functional democracy. On Tuesday October 2nd, in the year 2018, join your fellow lovers of local democracy to explore, engage, interact, ask questions, confess unknowns, and get ready to vote this November. Join AEN Editor-In-Chief Amy Stansbury in celebrating the launch of...

You've seen the headlines. Zebra mussels have infested Lake Travis. But what does that really mean? What impact is that having on our beloved waterways? Earlier this month, volunteers with the annual Lake Travis Cleanup got a glimpse into the extent of the problem. Each year, hundreds of people volunteer...

Austin is a creative city. But how can we harness that creativity to tackle some of our city's problems? Like traffic? That's the topic for the upcoming "Creative Placemaking Summit ATX," which kicks off on Thursday, September 27th. Hosted in partnership between the City of Austin Transportation Department, Capital...

Any Project Runway fans out there? This event is pretty much your dream come true. The annual Trash Makeover Challenge is this Saturday, September 22nd from 6pm to 10pm at the AFS Cinema. Fashion designers from all over the country will be competing to design the best garments made out of at least 90...

Texas has long been home to oil refineries, manufacturing plants, and landfills. But what happens when these facilities close? Spill a harmful chemical? Or don't follow the best environmental and safety practices? That's the question the Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund looked into with their...