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These sites aggregate press releases about recent research discoveries. You can browse them by topic or search. They are a good place to start because they are written for a general, educated audience. They also include a full citation to the original research study, so you can find that too.
Science Daily -- features short, easy-to-read news articles about interesting research. The content here is mostly from science disciplines, including health, psychology, biology, geosciences, oceanography, archaelogy, physics, astronomy, chemistry and more.
Eurekalert -- this site features short, easy to read press releases about interesting research from a variety of disciplines, including technology, business, psychology, education, agriculture and many more.
1Search is a good place to start, and may provide you with everything you need for this project. But you may also want to explore some subject-specific databases to see what they have to offer. You might divide some of these sources between the people in your group. Here are a few places to start:
A lot of the best research on sustainability, energy and natural resources topics is conducted by experts working with government agencies. Here are some places to start: