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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Endowment Survey

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School name: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Date submitted: July 30, 2010

 

For each question, please choose the response that best represents the endowment policies at your institution. If you cannot find information for a particular question, please leave that question blank.

 

 

1)  How does your school handle proxy voting on environmental, social, and governance issues? Check all that apply.

 

Environmental and Social Resolutions       

Corporate Governance
Resolutions               

We do not have the ability to vote proxies, as the entire equity holdings of the endowment are invested in mutual funds (e.g. CommonFund, Fidelity, Vanguard).    

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We ask that our investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.

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We provide our investment managers with general guidelines that determine our proxy votes.

[X]

[X]

We provide our investment managers with specific guidelines that determine our proxy votes.

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A member of our school administration determines our proxy votes.

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A committee of administrators and/or trustees deliberates and makes decisions on proxy votes.

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A committee that includes student representatives deliberates and makes recommendations or decisions on proxy votes.

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School community feedback is incorporated into proxy voting decisions through town hall meetings or a website.

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If you provide investment managers with specific corporate governance, environmental, or social guidelines, please attach them or provide a URL below:

 

 If your school has a committee that offers recommendations or makes decisions on proxy voting, please provide information below.

 

 

Name of committee :

Number of meetings held since August 2009 :

Name of chair(s) :

Position of chair (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student):

To whom does the committee report (e.g., Trustee Committee, President, Vice President):      

Number of administrators on committee:

Number of alumni on committee:

Number of faculty on committee:

Number of staff on committee:

Number of students on committee:

Number of trustees on committee:

Total number of committee members:

 

Additional comments:

 

2)  Please indicate what information about proxy voting records is made available to each of the groups listed.

 

 

Information made available

Trustees

Votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company- specific level, including the number of shares

Senior administrators and select individuals     

Votes cast on proxy resolutions on a company- specific level, including the number of shares

All members of the school community

Information is not made available

The public per open records law

Information is not made available

The general public

Information is not made available

 

3)  Where is information about proxy voting records made available to the school community and general public?

 

Where information is made available

School community 

Environmental and social resolutions

Information is not made available

Corporate governance resolutions      

Information is not made available

General public 

Environmental and social resolutions

Information is not made available

Corporate governance resolutions

Information is not made available

 

4)  Please indicate what information about endowment holdings is made available to each of the groups listed.

 

Trustees  

Senior administrators and select individuals  

Entire school community  

General public per open records law  

General public

No information made available

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[  ]

[  ]

[X]

[X]

Asset allocation

[X]

[X]

[X]

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[  ]

List of external managers

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

List of mutual funds

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[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

Equity holdings

[X]

[X]

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[  ]

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Fixed income holdings

[X]

[X]

[  ]

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[  ]

Real estate holdings

[X]

[X]

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[  ]

[  ]

Hedge fund holdings

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

Private equity holdings

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

Venture capital holdings     

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

Natural resource holdings

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

Cash

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

Other holdings (specify below)     

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

All holdings

[X]

[X]

[  ]

[  ]

[  ]

 

Please specify other holdings, if any.

 

5)  Please indicate where information about endowment holdings is made available to the school community and the general public.

 

 

Where information is made available

School community       

Information is available at the investment office or similar office on campus

General public

Information is not made available

 

6)  Is your school currently invested and/or exploring investment in any of the following areas?  Please check all that apply.

 

 

Currently

invested   

Exploring

investment

Renewable energy funds or similar investment vehicles

[X]

[  ]

On-campus energy and/or water efficiency projects through the endowment (as an investment and not a payout)       

[X]

[  ]

Community development financial institutions or community development loan funds

[  ]

[  ]

 

Description: The endowment is invested in energy funds that are making investments in renewable energy opportunities and that continue to prospect for renewable energy investments as part of their core strategy.  In addition, the endowment has made equity investments in multiple companies formed on campus that are focused on renewable/sustainable energy solutions.  One has a water purification system and the other offers a technology used to de-sulferize diesel fuel.  Energy opportunities on campus continue to be explored.

 

 

7)  Does your school have any investment policy provisions, or use any investment managers, that consider environmental/sustainability factors?   If so, or if currently under consideration, please describe below.

Yes

Description: The endowment is invested in managers that consider environmental/sustainability factors and that invest in renewable energy solutions.  Additionally, in 2008 Rensselaer's President formed a sustainability committee and held a 2 day sustainability charrette in April 2009.  A charrette is an intensive collaborative session in which groups of people create solutions to a problem in a limited time-frame, often in a competition-style atmosphere.  the sustainability charrette was initiated at the request of President Jackson as a way of involving a broad cross-section of the Rensselaer community in efforts to incorporate sustainability into our campus culture (i.e. education, research, operations and day-to-day behavior).  Over the course of 24 hours, participants worked in interdisciplinary teams of Rensselaer students, faculty, alumni, administration, and staff to generate creative and realistic suggestions for implementation at Rensselaer.  Participants in the charrette also engaged in activities to support Relay for Life, since both events work toward a better and more sustainable future for all.

 

 

8)  Does your school offer donors the option of directing gifts to an investment fund that considers environmental/sustainability factors?   If so, or if currently under consideration, please describe below.

Yes

Description: Donors may direct gifts to Rensselaer's Darrin Fresh Water Institute (DFWI) and a senior class gift fund, dedicated by the class of 2010, to create a renewable "green" roof on the Student Union building.  For over 35 years, the Darrin Fresh Water Institute has been doncuting research that has helped increase public awareness of environmental issues and has contributed to answers for tough questions concerning the protection of our land, water and air.  The DWFI provides Rensselaer students and faculty, as well as visiting scientists, the opportunity to study a number of ecosystems and to conduct research on important environmental problems.  There are facilities on the RPI campus, at the lakeside Adirondack field station and at a remote monitoring station.

 

 

9)  Please provide total endowment market value as of the following dates:

Please provide the endowment market value rather than the endowment book value.

 

Total endowment value

June 30, 2009

$612,800,000

September 30, 2009

December 31, 2009

March 31, 2010

June 30, 2010

 

 

 

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