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Welcome to The Austin Common news feed. This is where you’ll find all the latest, up-to-date info about what’s happening around town. Explore by topic, type, or just scroll through it all by looking at the “latest posts” section at the bottom of the page. 

Our news philosophy is simple. With all of our coverage, we try and do the following:

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  • Give you clear steps for action

  • Keep it positive

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You can learn about how we actually do this by clicking on each of our story types below. 

 

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  • To approach our news coverage from a place of respect, civility, and kindness for our fellow Austinities

  • To honor the value of lived experiences (especially within marginalized communities) as well as expert testimony/ opinion 

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Solar Panel
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

Why I’m Optimistic: Carbon Free By 2030

Guest Editorial – by Al Braden   Al Braden is a local environmental activist and photographer. He is also a member of the Electric Utility Commission Resource Planning Working Group, which is helping to advise Austin Energy and City Council on where Austin should get

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Artists For Aquifers
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

These Local Artists Are Fighting For Clean Water

Sponsored Post – from the Environmental Fund of Texas    Like music? Beer? What about clean water?   On Saturday, October 5th you can enjoy all three at “Artists For Aquifers,” a live music showcase at AquaBrew in San Marcos. The event will be held from 4:30pm to midnight and will feature a

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Dodie
Austinites You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

Net-Zero Hero: Dodie Stillman

Sponsored Post – from the City of Austin Office of Sustainability    Meet our newest Net-Zero Hero, Dodie Stillman. Dodie is a certified Master Beekeeper who is passionate about honey bees and sharing her beekeeping knowledge. Dodie currently serves as the President of the Austin Area Beekeepers Association, where

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Brewshed Black Star Coop
EcoBits
Amy Stansbury

What Makes A Great Beer? Clean Water.

Hops. Grains. What is it exactly that makes a great beer?   According to the Texas Brewshed Alliance, the answer is water.   “Protecting your water is protecting your beer,” says Thomas Waymouth, program director for the Texas Brewshed Alliance, a coalition of breweries, environmental nonprofits, and individuals, all working

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Austin Dish Lending Library
Austin Orgs You Should Know
Amy Stansbury

How Austin’s Dish Lending Library Was Born

It started out simply enough. Joanna Tychowski was helping to organize a breakfast event for her Toastmasters group and being environmentally-minded, she wanted to keep it zero waste (aka – no disposable plates or silverware).   But she quickly found it to be more difficult than

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Student Strike
Blogs
Amy Stansbury

These Students Are On Strike… For The Climate

Community. And local action.   This is how Emma Galbraith and Matthew Kim fight off the climate scaries.   You know the feeling. That scary, depressed, funk that is so easy to fall into when reading article after article about how bad climate change really

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