Dr. Sangwon Suh – Chief Scientist

Dr. Suh obtained his Ph.D. (cum laude) in Industrial Ecology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He brings over 20 years of experience in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) along with carbon and water footprinting. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and 3 books in the field of LCA and environmental science and management. According to the Google Scholar Citation®, his works have been cited over 10,000 times.

Dr. Suh developed the Comprehensive Environmental Data Archive (CEDA®) in 2000 and has overseen its evolution since then. Dr. Suh was appointed as a Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) WG III for its latest, 5th Assessment Report. Dr. Suh has been a member of the International Resource Panel (IRP) by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) since 2010.

He has been an associate editor of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment since 2003. Dr. Suh co-authored the international standard on carbon footprint (GHG protocol) as a member of the working group organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Over the last 10 years, Dr. Suh has provided technical advice and consultation to various organizations including Fortune 500 companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), federal, state, and local governments. 


Jung-Il Bang Analyst

Jung-Il provides project support at VitalMetrics through project and operations management, data collection and analysis, as well as report writing. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management, specializing in Corporate Environmental Management, from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received life cycle analysis and carbon footprint training under Dr. Suh while at the Bren School and conducted a life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions for a potential floating offshore wind project in California.

Prior to graduate school, he served 50+ corporate and institutional clients as an investment banker in Korea at the global investment banks, Barclays Bank and Deutsche Bank. He conducted advisory services and trade executions for financing, risk management, and investments. He also has experience in global business development in telecommunication infrastructure at Samsung Electronics. Jung-Il also holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Seoul National University.


Whitney Reyes – Analyst

Whitney provides project support at VitalMetrics through data analysis, literature research, report writing, and marketing content creation. She earned a master's degree in Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  While at Bren, she specialized in energy and climate with a focus on strategic environmental communication. Her master's thesis group project investigated the environmental impacts and benefits of combining solar photovoltaic systems with utility-scale battery storage in California.

Prior to VitalMetrics, Whitney worked on a quantitative sustainable development project in New Zealand and for a residential solar company in San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara.