Safety-Kleen’s Rodney Walker Named Sustainability All-Star by Green Fleet Magazine


Walker honored for outstanding achievements in green fleet sustainability

RICHARDSON, TEXAS (Oct. 4, 2012) – Rodney Walker, technical director of oil re-refining at Safety-Kleen, was named one of Green Fleet magazine’s 2012 Sustainability All-Stars at the publication’s annual Green Fleet Conference held this year in Schaumburg, Ill. Walker was selected as a Sustainability All-Star for his dedication to sustainability in the fleet industry, significant sustainability achievements, innovative contributions to reducing emissions and fuel consumption, and involvement in industry-wide efforts to promote sustainable fleet transportation solutions.

A leader at Safety-Kleen, the largest collector and re-refiner of used oil in North America, Walker is involved in formulating engine oil to help fleets reduce their Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by using re-refined engine oil. Walker is a long-time innovator in fleet sustainability, and has worked with government, commercial and private fleets to protect engines and the environment through the use of EcoPower® re-refined engine oil.

“Rodney is an important part of making EcoPower a success,” said Curt Knapp, senior vice president and CMO of Safety-Kleen. “His technical expertise, experience and leadership are exceptional. We’re proud to have Rodney as part of our leadership team.”

Walker is also a leader in the industry outside of Safety-Kleen. He serves on several lubricant industry advisory panels and associations that work to find new solutions and standards to help reduce fleet emissions while maintaining or improving engine-protection standards. A member of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) New Category Development Team, Walker plays a pivotal role in developing “proposed category” 11 (PC-11), a new classification of engine oil for on-highway trucks that will help truck makers comply with mandated GHG emissions reduction. He also serves as chair of Precision Matrix Task Force, which is developing a precision model for PC-11, and is an active member of the Diesel Engine Oil Advisory Panel, API Auto Oil Advisory Panel and API Emerging Base Oil Technology Work Group.

“I am honored to be named one of Green Fleet’s sustainability all-stars,” Walker said. “But this award is really for all the people at Safety-Kleen, who demonstrate the passion and dedication to make the right choices to make green work.”

About EcoPower®
EcoPower is more than just engine oil. It is part of a much bigger effort by Safety-Kleen, the largest collector and re-refiner of used oil in North America. In 2011, Safety-Kleen collected approximately 200 million gallons of used oil. EcoPower doesn’t just conserve resources, it protects them by keeping used motor oil out of our land and groundwater, making it truly an oil change for the better. For more information about EcoPower, please visit

About Safety-Kleen
Safety-Kleen is a leading provider of environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers, and the largest re-refiner of used oil and provider of parts-cleaning services in North America, with approximately 4,200 employees serving more than 200,000 customer locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Safety-Kleen delivers a set of sustainable services to meet the required, recurring environmental needs of its customers. For more information about Safety-Kleen, please visit