Downtown offers the best of Austin, amplified. This is where creativity and ingenuity meet to deliver the latest foodie hotspots, legendary live music venues, one-of-a-kind shops, and year-round outdoor fun. Rock out or relax – it’s your call. LET’S GO


Downtown is the epicenter of Austin’s 24/7 idea exchange. This is where enterprises headquarter and entrepreneurs incubate, all harnessing our city’s incredible talent pool, business-friendly infrastructure and uniquely collaborative culture. LET’S GO


Downtown Austin offers residences to suit any style, whether you’re renting or putting down roots. This is where city excitement meets creature comforts – your walkable new neighborhood puts both nightly entertainment and daily essentials within easy reach.LET’S GO



Downtown’s growing green.

Mitigating impact by leading in LEED and other sustainability initiatives.

Austin Energy Green Building Program

Through the nation’s first green building program, Austin Energy for 20 years has helped building professionals, from architects to craftspeople, to make it easier to incorporate green building principles at every step of a project. Browse case studies and helpful developer resources.

Austin Green Map

Austin Energy’s Green Map highlights Austin Energy Green Building and LEED-rated projects.

Austin Convention Center

LEED Gold Certification

Austin Convention Center is the first convention center in Texas, among two in the country, to achieve LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings (EB), scoring the highest point total of all convention centers in the EB category.


Four Stars, Austin Energy Green Building

The Austonian is proud to have received four stars from the Austin Energy Green Building Program. With environmentally sensitive and friendly materials and resources, indoor air quality monitoring, water and energy conservation, and more, the building’s high-rise configuration provides an overall reduced impact on land, energy and other resources compared to scores of typical suburban homes. By putting life within walking distance, owners of The Austonian have much less need to drive, reducing pollution and congestion.

Frost Bank Tower

LEED Gold Certification

Frost Bank was the first Austin high-rise to achieve the Gold certification, due to its exceptionally high EPA Energy Star rating of 92 out of 100, its water conservation features, waste minimization, green janitorial practices and innovative, corporate-driven sustainability policies and operating procedures.

Block 21 Project: W Hotel and ACL Studios

LEED Silver Certification

Block 21 is both the largest Austin Energy four-star rated project and the highest LEED certified mixed-use building in the state of Texas. It’s also the first mixed-occupancy project of this type and size in the world to achieve LEED certification.

Austin City Hall

LEED Gold Certification, Green Roof

In addition to embodying sustainable principles through local and recycled materials and native landscaping, Austin City Hall has a vegetated, or “green” roof. 


City of Austin Sustainable Action Agenda

The City of Austin is taking action across 10 areas of innovation, with 40 signature initiatives and 150+ projects to advance community sustainability within one to two years. See the project list.

Downtown Recycling

To reduce truck traffic downtown and help Austin achieve its Zero Waste goals, Austin Resource Recovery manages a commercial trash and recycling contract for businesses located in the Downtown Austin Recycling and Trash Service District. See the map and get details.

District Cooling

The downtown chiller plants at San Antonio Street and Sabine Street use underground pipes to deliver chilled water to nearby buildings, where it is circulated through refrigeration coils. Fans blow air across the coils, and the cold air provides cooling for the building.

Sustainable Sites Initiative™

In 2005, in a pioneering effort to develop sustainability standards for landscapes nationwide, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the United States Botanic Garden partnered to create the Sustainable Sites Initiative™.

Urban Community Gardens

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Program (SUACG) was created by Austin City Council in 2009 to establish a single point of contact and streamline the process for establishing community gardens and sustainable urban agriculture on city land.