Texas is the number one producer and consumer of natural gas, but will Texans ever embrace CNG as an energy source for their personal vehicles? Ford recently announced that the best-selling vehicle in America, the F-150 pickup, will now offer a compressed natural gas-ready version. Ford's Fleet and Sustainability Manager Jon Coleman will address North Texas businesses, energy partners, students and alumni at the TCU Energy Institute on Tuesday, October 22nd. This is the inaugural address of a new Kenneth W. Davis lecture series at TCU which focuses on innovative energy solutions. The special presentation will address what a readily-available CNG-capable truck model means for the energy industry and for Texans. Ford is the only manufacturer with an available CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup.

Mr. Coleman will also address the NGV Consortium at the DFW Clean Cities quarterly meeting on the morning of October 23rd. The NGV Consortium at the DFW Clean Cities consists of over 100 companies and agencies committed to promoting the development of natural gas for transportation uses in the DFW Metroplex.

"Having Ford and Jon Coleman come to the TCU campus as our first speaker in the Davis Speaker Series, provides an exciting opportunity for us to conduct critical discussions about domestic and foreign energy-related issues that are essential to the energy industry's future," said Dr. Ken Morgan, Director of the TCU Energy Institute.

Jon Coleman, Ford Sustainability & Technology Manager, will be presenting "Sustainable Transportation Solutions for America" highlighting Ford's commitment to innovation by offering a compressed natural gas-capable F-150. The event will take place at the TCU Kelly Center located at 2820 Stadium Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76109 and will feature a presentation from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. It is free to the public.

The Davis Energy Speakers Series was created with a generous endowment given to the TCU Energy Institute by Kenneth W. Davis, Jr. This speaker series intends to bring distinguished speakers with expertise in energy-related fields to promote knowledge about the energy industry, energy management, cutting-edge energy technology and other energy-related subject matter to the TCU campus. With the gift Davis has provided the opportunity for unique learning experiences and supports the University's priorities to teach, develop and promote dialogue by engaging formal and informal exchanges with students, faculty and the community.

The TCU Energy Institute provides unique opportunities for students, faculty and industry professionals to conduct leading-edge research and to explore energy and land management issues. They serve as an educational link between industry and the community, and as a forum for experts seeking viable solutions. TCU sits at the epicenter of our nation's energy future: Fort Worth is home to the latest technologies for natural gas extraction and is in close proximity to one of the largest wind initiatives in the country. Because of its unique location and strong commitment to education and research, the TCU Energy Institute provides an important link for students, faculty and the community. It serves as a center of information as innovative energy technologies and strategies are developed and policies determined. For more information, visit www.energyinstitute.tcu.edu..