Painting by Alkis Keramidas

Painting by Alkis Keramidas

Sustainability & ESG Leader

KERAMIDA is a powerhouse of ESG program development, reporting and training with over 20 years of excellence in the Environmental, Health and Safety services sector.

We are a sustainability consulting firm with a talented team of analysts, designers, planners, writers, educators, scientists and engineers who are dedicated to solving our clients' most challenging ESG needs.

KERAMIDA advises industry, businesses, and cities in the U.S. and abroad. We have partnered with GRI and CDP as a certified trainer and created a custom training course for SASB to better serve our clients' needs for sustainability services that incorporate the leading reporting standards.

We support clients from many sectors with ESG program development, from benchmarking peers, facilitating materiality assessments, and program planning to program implementation, evaluation, reporting training and reporting.

Our unique, strategic and whole-systems approach to ESG and sustainability involves deep knowledge of compliance, best practices and management systems, along with manufacturing operations and business strategies. Our team’s combined expertise forms the technical foundation from which our professionals provide high quality ESG and sustainability development and training services.


Our ESG and Sustainability Consulting Services:

* KERAMIDA’s proprietary ESG-Sustainability management methods.

ESG Consulting Services

KERAMIDA's ESG consultants equip individuals and corporations with the ability to:

  • Develop industry-appropriate standards and indicators for their facilities

  • Drive outcomes toward process efficiency, continual improvement, risk reduction and value creation

  • Harmonize top-down and bottom-up CSR and EHS priorities

  • Institutionalize the means for cultivating financial, natural, and human capital toward a corporation's financially desirable state of ecological balance, social equity, and financial strength


ESG Management - KERAMIDA's Proprietary Methods


KERAMIDA's Proprietary ESG Assessment & Implementation Model - building the ESG Sustainability business case to reduce costs and corporate risk, and improve market positioning of corporations and cities.

Based on Metrics and KPIs for Compliance and Best Management Practices, GreenStep™ is the first model to build the business case for CEOs and investors.

KERAMIDA’s GreenStep™ approach:

  • Maximizes the benefits of satisfying your EHS compliance requirements

  • Maximizes the cost savings from using Best Management Practices

  • Maximizes the performance of your Continual Improvement Management Systems

  • Provides you with materials to communicate your company’s resilience and sustainability to employees, investors, and your community

For our Industry clients, GreenStep™ blends top management's strategic interests with the operational interests of the managers who are responsible for the day to day supervision of EHS. GreenStep™ guides you through the challenges encountered on the plant floor while satisfying the increasing demand for leading indicators of company health.

Contact us today to learn how our GreenStep™ suite of services can help you go from good intentions to great results.


FastTrack® is KERAMIDA's proprietary ESG & Sustainability Management System Program, based on an ISO platform.
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Sustainability Audits

A powerful tool for building a stronger sustainability strategy.

KERAMIDA provides expertise on sustainability planning and policy development for sustainability programs through an audit of the efficiency and efficacy of the policies and practices employed.

When conducting a comprehensive sustainability audit, our experts will:

  • Review the sustainability policy and assess the reasonableness and comprehensiveness of the policy.

  • Evaluate the extent to which the policy is likely to help ensure that program operates in a sustainable manner.

  • Recommend ways the policy could be strengthened to further the goal of operating sustainably.

  • Consider the metrics the program is currently collecting in order to monitor compliance with its sustainability policy.

  • Determine whether those metrics are the most appropriate option for measuring each objective of the policy. If the program’s current metrics are insufficient, we recommend more appropriate metrics.

  • Assess the program’s process for developing thresholds and targets for its sustainability metrics.

  • Evaluate whether the program is making sufficient progress toward setting a sustainability baseline.

CSR Reporting and Consulting

Whether you have a role in an EHS department, handle investor relations, or are a CSR professional, we can match your sustainability needs with the expertise of one of our professionals.

If you are looking to expand your Corporate Social Responsibility reporting to include aspects of Sustainability, let KERAMIDA assist you with:

  • Navigating the various reporting frameworks (GRI Standards, SASB Standards, UNDP SDGs)

  • Prioritizing and engaging with stakeholders on the content of your report

  • Creating a reporting roadmap that will result in a multi-faceted publication

  • Applying the principle of “Materiality” to the topics which will form the content of your report

  • Convening internal and external resources and establish reporting roles and responsibilities

  • Gathering, auditing, aggregating and managing the data that will appear in your report

Sustainability Reporting Consulting Services

Why should you consider Sustainability Reporting?

  • Bloomberg terminals feature CDP data and get over 700 million hits per month.

  • GRI Standards provide a common language for the non-financial reporting for all users of GRI reports who demand quality and consistency.

  • SASB Standards provide guidance on industry-specific disclosure topics which matter most to investors.

Stakeholders of all types, including customers, employees, and investors, are increasingly demanding not only better sustainability performance, but also increased transparency on sustainability topics. KERAMIDA’s sustainability consultants are accustomed to working with our clients at all service levels and can plug into your effort where needed.

We can help you launch your Sustainability Reporting cycle with:

  • Strategic planning

  • Peer benchmarking

  • Stakeholder prioritization

  • Materiality assessment

We can help you map out the reporting process, establish an editorial calendar, and assign roles and responsibilities with deadlines for content creation and data gathering. KERAMIDA’s experienced Sustainability professionals can also do the heavy lifting on content creation and data gathering, if needed. If you already have an established reporting process, we can work alongside your team in a support role to review draft content for Standard conformance and technical accuracy.

GHG Verification Services for CDP Reporting

KERAMIDA’s in-house California Accredited Lead GHG Verifier can verify your facility’s GHG footprint and evaluate your emission reduction opportunities for self disclosure reporting with CDP. Recent data has indicated that almost 70% of the companies registered with CDP have a higher rate of return on their emission reduction investments compared to their competitors who choose not to register with CDP. Learn more ›


KERAMIDA’s Sustainability Qualifications:

  • CDP Silver Climate Change Education and Training Partner in U.S.A. - one of only two companies in the U.S. certified to provide you with the training you need to correctly and effectively respond to the 2019 CDP Climate Change, Forests, and Water Security Questionnaires.

  • GRI Certified Training Partner - one of only seven certified companies in the U.S. to bring you training on how to effectively report on sustainability using the GRI framework.

  • Our SASB course is taught by Pamela Griesemer, VP of Sustainability Services, who is among the first cohort of sustainability professionals to earn SASB’s FSA Level II Credential.

  • KERAMIDA Professionals have worked on creating, implementing, auditing, and improving ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems for over two decades.

Sustainability Reporting Training

KERAMIDA offers expert-led training courses in three prevailing Sustainability Reporting methods - GRI, CDP, and SASB.

KERAMIDA provides training in the leading disclosure frameworks to help our clients communicate their sustainability stories to their stakeholders. Sustainability reporting adds value to the bottom line in many ways, such as increasing market share and driving cost-effective sustainability investments. Our reporting training courses include:

Upcoming Training Dates:

Highlighted Sustainability Experience

KERAMIDA's leadership has pioneered Sustainability in all fronts, including:

  • The development of a strategic growth plan for a major European industrial group to address the cost implications of the EU greenhouse gases legislation.

  • The performance of a major study for the U.S. Department of Energy on reduction of greenhouse emissions and energy use by heavy manufacturing.

  • The sustainability audit of the California High Speed Rail project for the California State Auditor’s Office - in order to provide expertise on sustainability planning and policy development for what was the largest infrastructure project in the U.S.

  • The assessment of green power production by waste products for a major car manufacturer with zero landfill goal.

  • Thousands of Compliance and Best Management Practices Audits/Assessments of manufacturing plants in the U.S. and around the world.

  • The development and implementation of the Sustainable Public Works Program for Capital Assets for the City of Indianapolis - a first, in the USA.

  • The first Reuse Plan and Design of a Superfund Site for a comprehensive, Multi-Purpose Development - a first, nationally.

  • The subject was also co-taught by Dr. Keramida at Purdue University's Civil Engineering Senior Design Class (Spring 2016 semester) leading the students to produce a cutting-edge design for a comprehensive and creative for-profit development of a Superfund site - a first among engineering schools for senior design.

  • Developed the Environmental and Sustainability components for a major Private Public Partnership (P3) Development Project and drafted the Environmental/Sustainability provisions of the Lenders' Technical Advisor (LTA) Report.

Please contact us for complete list of our Sustainability & ESG projects. 

Nation's Leading Advocate in Revitalization of Contaminated Properties

  • KERAMIDA is the nation's leading advocate in the revitalization of contaminated properties - KERAMIDA's engineers were the first in the country to promote and study reuse of contaminated properties in the 1980's, and have led the way ever since.

  • On behalf of client cities, KERAMIDA conceived, planned and implemented "Innovative Developers Tours" of abandoned and contaminated properties with a focus on revitalization and economic development.

Sustainable / Green Manufacturing Research Pioneer

KERAMIDA privatized a U.S. Department of Defense green manufacturing initiative in 2000, and co-founded and co-directed Technikon LLC, a research, development, and technology validation company in Sacramento, California, to carry out DOD's initiative of emissions, waste and energy reduction through materials substitution and process innovations.

Technikon's work for DOD's Casting Emissions Reduction Program (CERP) resulted in over 60% reduction in emissions and energy use, which were applicable across the entire $25 billion US casting industry. Technikon's CERP research successes were presented in many publications, including D. Gottlieb's "Environmental Technology Resources Handbook", CRC, 2003, and "Information Systems and the Environment" book by the National Academy of Engineering, 2001. Technikon's work included renewable energy technologies validation.

Technikon LLC was transformed into a nonprofit organization in 2012.

Global GRI Conference, Amsterdam, Holland, May 18-20, 2016


Four representatives of KERAMIDA's Sustainability group of experts participated in the biennial 3-day Global GRI Conference in Amsterdam, where discussions on the global state of ESG-Sustainability reporting were held. The Conference was attended by 1,200 sustainability professionals from 72 countries. 


In 2015, KERAMIDA created ECO Crossroads, a not-for-profit sustainable initiative that focuses on:

Sustainable Industry - with a Best Management Practices Focus.

Sustainable Development - with a Walkable Community Focus.

Urban Renewal - with a Brownfield focus.

Profitable Urban Farming - with an Ag/Brownfield Focus.

Healthy Living - with an Educational Focus.

Food Security - with an Ag/Compliance Focus.

Training - Provided by ECO Crossroads Institute.

Visit to learn how ECO Crossroads can help your business profit from green initiatives.

What our clients are saying about our Sustainability & ESG Services:

I wanted to pass along that our Better Buildings Program received recognition from the Department of Energy (DOE) for being one of only 5 grantees (out of 40) to complete Q4 reporting without requiring any assistance or revisions. DOE also shared this success during my bi-weekly call this afternoon and thanked us for our diligence in complying with this aspect of the program. Thanks to each of you for your role in ensuring an efficient and accurate reporting process!
— Project Manager, Office of Sustainability, Indianapolis
I gained so much great insight from your presentation. Your model was very clear and easy to follow. The presentation also did not leave me with as many question marks at the end. I’ve seen far too many sustainability resources just scratch the surface and offer the same short list of green tips that we’ve all seen many times over. However, the information you provided has reenergized my
excitement to initiate a better plan for Wesselman Nature Society.
— Marketing Director Wesselman Nature Society (Evansville Chamber Sustainability Workshop)
Thank you so much for your excellent presentation yesterday at the Environmental Law Conference. The sustainability panel was the highlight of the conference, I thought. I’ve already received very positive feedback. I do hope we’ll have the opportunity to work with KERAMIDA on a sustainability project in the future.
— Partner at Major Law Firm (ICLEF Law Seminar)
The training went really well! The checklist is really great too! Thanks for all you’ve done over the last SEVERAL MONTHS to make today’s training a HUGE SUCCESS!
— Major Municipality (Development of Sustainability Training for Manager)
I was thoroughly impressed… all in all, it was excellent. We need to talk about how we can take some of this as framework to develop details about the entire project development process, not just the green side of things.
— Major AE Firm (Applying Sustainability Principles to Construction Projects)
Our presentation went really well and people were very pleasantly surprised at how much Indianapolis has accomplished in such a short time. We had a packed house and several great questions. People were particularly impressed with the Green Checklist... we were the underdogs-turned-rockstars of the conference and all the hard work of you guys over the last year was evident throughout our presentation!
— Project Manager, Office of Sustainability, Indianapolis (Presentation about ReBuild Indy Project at APWA Conference, which focused on Green Checklist, which was conceived, developed and supplemented by KERAMIDA to apply sustainability principles and benefits with metrics in all capital projects.)

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